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Report: Despite uncertainty, Mitchell Robinson remains committed to Western Kentucky

Some feared the five-star center would look elsewhere after an assistant’s sudden resignation.

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Mitchell Robinson shocked the college basketball world last summer when he committed to Western Kentucky. Today, he almost shocked it again when ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Robinson was considering decommitting from WKU following the resignation of assistant coach Shammond Williams.

Williams, who is Robinson’s godfather, was heavily involved in his recruitment, as well as the rest of the Hilltoppers’ monster 2017 class. The repercussions of Williams’ resignation have already been felt, as Montez Mathis, a 2018 ESPN top-100 recruit, announced that he was no longer considering WKU.

Hilltoppers’ fans held their breath Saturday as they waited for word on whether or not they would also lose Robinson. According to Robinson’s mother, WKU fans can now exhale.

Robinson’s reaffirmed commitment means that, at least for now, Rick Stansbury has stopped the bleeding in Bowling Green. The timing of Williams’ hiring and resignation will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows. He was hired by WKU on June 22, 2016 and Robinson committed to the program seven days later. Just over a year later, Williams resigned with no given explanation.

It is not uncommon for a program to hire someone with a family connection to a top recruit. Mario Chalmers, Ben Simmons, Dedric and K.J. Lawson, and, most recently, Michael Porter Jr. are just a few examples of a program reaping the benefits of hiring a player’s father or godfather.

Williams was the third WKU assistant to leave the program this offseason. Quannas White took a job at Houston, while Williams and Chris Cheeks left without other job offers.