Western Kentucky head coach Rick Stansbury has suspended freshman center Mitchell Robinson indefinitely, citing a violation of team rules. Stansbury did not specify what those rules were.
He released the following statement on Monday:
Western Kentucky statement on Mitchell Robinson. pic.twitter.com/weAD0RrtFw— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 31, 2017
The suspension adds another chapter to the already dramatic relationship between the Hilltoppers and the McDonald’s All American. Just last week, it was reported that Robinson had left campus abruptly. The reasoning behind this and his plans for the future are still unclear.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman followed up Stansbury’s statement by reporting that Robinson no longer wants to play at Western Kentucky.
More on Robinson: source told ESPN Robinson doesn't want to play at WKU. Would be OK transferring, sitting this year.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 31, 2017
With each passing day, it becomes more likely that we won’t see Robinson in a Hilltopper jersey. Stansbury’s statement reads very much like that of a coach who is focused on preparing for the season without the highly touted recruit.
If Robinson does in fact transfer from Western Kentucky, the Hilltoppers will still boast a talented roster, but there’s no denying the impact that Robinson could have had in the middle. Instead, he will likely either sit out next year and play in 2018-19 or go overseas for a season before entering the NBA Draft in 2018.
We’ll have more news as it breaks, and with this saga, there’s no doubt that it will.