Is there a new player in the recruiting race for Mitchell Robinson?


With visits to Kansas and the University of New Orleans officially out of the way, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported earlier this week that 7-foot McDonald's All-American Mitchell Robinson soon would make a decision between KU and UNO.

But close followers of Twitter who have been observing Robinson's behavior of late are aware that there might be a third school in the picture. And, no, it's not LSU, which Robinson also visited before trips to Kansas and New Orleans.

Instead, it's Western Kentucky. That's right... the same Western Kentucky program that Robinson initially had committed to but, in July, from which he asked for a release.

There's nothing official out there saying that WKU is back in the mix. But @BarstoolWestern, a Twitter account with 6,000 followers that tracks Western Kentucky sports, Tweeted this week that it had sources that confirmed that Robinson was "seriously considering returning to WKU."

Big deal, right? Fan site hopes for the best and tries to create a little buzz and/or hope that the return of the Top 10 prospect and potential future NBA lottery pick is a real option for the Hilltoppers.

That would be the logical conclusion. But add to that the fact that Robinson himself (@kodakmitch23) ReTweeted that claim and one that urged WKU fans with the following: "Hearing a lot of different thoughts from Tops fans about this. If you want to see him play for WKU, give him a shout"

Robinson also ReTweeted a Twitter poll put up by @100MilesofHate (sweet name, smh) that asked: "If you're @WKUBasketball & Coach Stansbury, do you welcome back Mitchell Robinson if he wishes to return?"

As of 1:30 p.m. Friday, with 1,092 votes counted, "Absolutely" was leading "Nope" 64-36. And that's far closer than I thought it would've been.

Robinson also ReTweeted at least three or four other Tweets referencing his possible return to WKU, including one person who took the ultimate leap and said Robinson going back to Western Kentucky "would be like Lebron coming back to Cleveland."


Robinson, as you surely know by now, is from Chalmette, La., so him going to UNO would be a lot more like him returning to Cleveland than him electing to stick with his initial commitment to WKU.

There's no telling just how serious this chatter about the 7-footer changing his mind (again?) and staying with Western Kentucky for the 2017-18 season really is. But it's at least worth tracking, even if Twitter is not the most official and scientific place to do such things.

Either way, if that Times Picayune report was accurate and Robinson is planning to decided soon, we'll know one way or another in the fairly near future and can move on from Robinson Watch 2017 regardless of the outcome.

Stay tuned...


John Fitzgerald 2 years, 3 months ago

He must not be getting good news about being eligible this year if he plays elsewhere. Playing at WKU might be his only option at this point. If he wants to play this year that is.

Steve Zimmerman 2 years, 3 months ago

That's what came to my mind, too. I wish we could do something about his eligibility. Good luck, otherwise..

Andy Godwin 2 years, 3 months ago

If KU has offered the scholarship and he is still pondering KU versus UNO and now KWU then we are missing something. If he wants to be assure to play this year then KWU makes the most sense. But if he is seriously weighing the options between KU versus UNO, then there are other factors at play.

Phil Leister 2 years, 3 months ago

He seems to really be enjoying the attention. Twitter's a grand thing.

Mike Greer 2 years, 3 months ago

With the speed we all know the NCAA works it's magic, he may figure WKU is his only option if he wants to actually play college ball this year. If he's trying to decide between KU and WKU, well maybe he just doesn't want to leave home, otherwise that should be a no brainer. If he wants to be in college this year, he's running out of time, so maybe that's the pressure to go back to WKU.

The question on my mind, is he good enough to just be a practice guy and not hurt his NBA draft status, I'm just not that good at projecting what the NBA thinks, although not getting much playing time didn't seem to hurt Diallo in the NBA draft. If he's confident, he'll get much better at KU, if he's concerned, then he may want to be seen on the court, in which case WKU seems like his best if not only bet. If he just isn't happy away from home, then UNO is the place to be, but he won't get the level of competition there he would at KU, assuming he can't play for the 2017/18 season.

Robert Brock 2 years, 3 months ago

Trying to recruit this kid is like playing Whack-A-Mole.

Brett McCabe 2 years, 3 months ago

Who friggin' cares. Get him a crown a sash and declare him Drama Queen of the Day. Would have preferred if we had said: yeah, this is a program for men.

Jack Joiner 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm with you Brett! Still would like to know where his Godfather went and why did he leave WKU.

Harlan Hobbs 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm essentially with Brett, here. Who really cares.

Robinson is going to declare for the draft as soon as he is eligible which apparently will be next year. Therefore, unless he can play this year, there is no reason to waste a scholarship on him.

Matt Stone 2 years, 3 months ago

I really wanted him to come here and play or at least practice as being with a good team would only make his stock go higher along with Hudy and Selfs help. Looking like he may go Thon Maker maker route. Just sad.

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