Mitchell Robinson 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
COLLEGE: NO COLLEGE/ DE-COMMITTED FROM WESTERN KENTUCKY
WEIGHT: 225 POUNDS
CLASS: NO CLASS/ NOT ATTENDING COLLEGE/ WOULD BE A FRESHMAN
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: EARLY 20’S TO END OF FIRST ROUND
Mitchell Robinson shocked the basketball recruiting world last year when he committed to Western Kentucky. The thought was that the 5-star recruit would be the catalyst in turning Western Kentucky into an NCAA tournament team.
Robinson enrolled at the college and started practice with the team. It was short lived. The 7’0″ center left the team and didn’t return. The number 6 ranked player in the high school class of 2017 made his intentions known that he would be entering the 2018 NBA Draft and working out on his own. As a result, we will not know if this risky move will pay off until June of 2018 when the NBA Draft is held.
On talent alone, Mitchell Robinson is a first round pick. He was arguably the best shot blocker in the prep ranks in 2017. He displays outstanding timing when getting off the floor to block shots. Weighing around 225 pounds, he gets up and down the court extremely well. While evaluating him, he beats opposing teams guards down the floor, which is an example of the type of athlete that he is.
Robinson has the ability to become a very good NBA defender and rim protector at the center position. He reminds us of former Kentucky star Willie Cauley-Stein in the way he defends.
Considered by many analysts to be the 2nd best high school center last year behind Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton, Robinson is raw offensively. It is imperative that he dedicates himself to develop 1-2 solid low-post moves. He mainly scored his points on dunks and put-backs during his school career. Getting a nice mid-range jumper to go along with a few post moves will make him more of a threat to opposing defenses.
Getting in the weight room and adding strength and muscle should be a priority. NBA scouts surely would like to see him gain around 15-20 pounds of muscle. This will only help him combat the rigors of playing an 82 game regular season schedule.
Mitchell Robinson will be one of the 2018 NBA Draft’s enigma’s. Since he isn’t playing in college, NBA scouts will only have a chance to evaluate him during individual workouts leading up to the draft. How hard he works now until then will determine how motivated he is at improving.
Robinson is a very talented player. While he surely would have benefited from playing 1 year of college basketball, he has shown the necessary attributes of becoming a very good defensive player. His athletic ability for a seven footer is hard to find. If he improves on the offensive end, the youngster has a chance at a promising NBA career. Although the 2018 NBA Draft is months away, we believe an NBA organization will draft him towards the latter half of the first round and try to develop the talent that he has.
BELOW ARE HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS OF MITCHELL ROBINSON
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