#6 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2017)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 220 POUNDS
HIGH SCHOOL: CHALMETTE HIGH SCHOOL IN LOUISIANA
CHOSE WESTERN KENTUCKY OVER: TEXAS A&M, DEPAUL, AMONG MANY OTHERS
PLAYER SUMMARY: Robinson stunned the high school recruiting world when he committed to Western Kentucky. The number 2 ranked center in the country made head coach Rick Stansbury perhaps the happiest coach in the country as Robinson’s commitment lead Stansbury to land 2 other players ranked among the top 75 prospects in the class of 2016. Originally committed to Texas A&M, the big-man changed his mind and perhaps changes the perception of WKU basketball.
Make no mistake about it, Robinson will be the most talented player to enter WKU in years as he is currently the #6 overall senior prospect in america. When watching his game on film, we see a player who is clearly a center, which is a dying breed in today’s game.
However, he isn’t your old-school, plodding center. He brings very good athletic ability to the floor, which is an attribute that the new wave of centers (athletic,shot-blocking) need to have. Robinson is one of the top shot-blockers that we have seen among the class of 2017. He reminds us of former Kentucky star Willie Caulie-Stein in the way he times himself to get off the floor.
Watching the WKU commit run the floor is a sight in itself. Young players his size shouldn’t be beating guards down the floor. This is just another example of his athletic ability. On the defensive end of the floor, he has everything you can possibly want as we highly believe he will be an instant impact player as a freshmen on that end of the court.
Robinson needs to really work hard on his offensive game. We currently see a player who is mainly a dunker at this stage. Because of his current low weight, we have seen instances of him getting pushed out of his spot down-low. He will need to develop at least 1-2 low-post moves or opposing teams will play off him. We believe it is imperative that Robinson gets in the weight room and starts developing his body. He will need to gain weight in order to hold up against much more physical players for college and perhaps beyond.
While Mitchell Robinson has a ways to go on the offensive end of the court and re-making his body, his defensive potential can be elite. He has a chance to be an immediate force on the defensive end. How far he progresses on the offensive end will be a true telling point if he reaches his sky-high potential. Stansbury will be thrilled to work with a player with the upside of Robinson.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF MITCHELL ROBINSON
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