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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Report: Mitchell Robinson saga set to end where it began

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

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Long off the Kansas radar, the Mitchell Robinson saga appears to be ending right where it began.

According to a report from Chad Bishop of WBKO 13 in Kentucky, the 7-foot, McDonald’s All-American who, earlier this summer, asked for his release from Western Kentucky University after his godfather left the coaching staff, is planning to return to WKU for his freshman season.

Robinson, who visited KU, LSU and New Orleans while looking for a new place to play, also seriously considered sitting out the 2017-18 season altogether to prepare for the NBA Draft instead of heading to another school where he likely would have been ineligible to play because of NCAA transfer rules.

Now, if he does in fact return to the school with which he initially signed, Robinson will be able to play during the upcoming season and will navigate what he hopes will be a one-and-done college career that way.

According to Bishop’s report, Robinson has until 4 p.m. Monday to officially enroll at WKU for the Fall semester. He already enrolled in summer school classes at WKU and practiced some with the team before attempting to leave.

In order to be eligible at another school, Robinson would have needed to receive a waiver from the NCAA granting him immediate eligibility and this outcome is a likely sign that neither Robinson nor the schools recruiting him believed he would get it.

LSU backed out of the pursuit first and KU followed suit a couple of weeks later.

This last step in Robinson’s recruitment — if it has in fact finally come to that — leaves KU with one available scholarship, though Kansas coach Bill Self recently said it was unlikely that his team would sign another player before the start of the 2017-18 season, which will officially get under way on Sept. 30 at Late Night in the Phog.

Comments

Andy Godwin 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Not surprised. One can only hope that the Jayhawks stay healthy (one injury away to a member of the starting five from being middle of the pack) and that the Udoka stays out of fowl trouble. Front court depth (Preston has been slowed by a knee injury and Lightfoot is a bit foul prone when pressed to play center) could become their Achilles heel, especially when they play teams with size and depth who have fouls to give. The four guard line up last year worked because of multi-talented Jackson playing out of position. Not sure that KU has a single player with the same skill set who can defend the 4/5 positions when they have to go small. Nevertheless, if the games in Italy are any indication of the season to come, they should be fast and fun to watch.

Steve Jacob 2 months, 3 weeks ago

When you go the transfer route, you leave yourself with a short bench in case on injury.

Shannon Gustafson 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I've got to disagree with the statement that we're one injury away from being mid-pack. If we were forced to play small ball, Vick or Garrett would be forced to play the Jackson roll. They wouldn't be as good as him but they could be effective enough to keep us in contention while surrounded by shooters.

Bryce Landon 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Maybe it's just as well he doesn't come to Kansas. Between contemplating skipping an entire school year for the draft and reenrolling after all the speculation, he strikes me as not being all that mature.

Steve Zimmerman 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Just curious if other Ivy League teams have had extra scholarships when the season begins. Do we need to worry about this?

Bob Bailey 2 months, 3 weeks ago

You're right. Perhaps the wrong reason.

John Fitzgerald 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Can they give the scholarship to a deserving walk-on? It'd be better to do that then to completely waste it.

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