Consensus five-star recruit Mitchell Robinson commits to WKU

New WKU head men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury speaks during his first press conference at the Harbaugh Club in Smith Stadium. Stansbury was most recently an associate head coach at Texas A&M and was also head coach at Mississippi State. JUSTIN GILLILAND/HERALD

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Class of 2017 center Mitchell Robinson committed to play for the Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team and Head Coach Rick Stansbury on Wednesday afternoon as reported by CBS insider Jon Rothstein.

Robinson is ranked as high as the ninth-best recruit in next year’s class and the best center overall in 2017 on

The 7-foot, 215-pound center is originally from Pensacola, Fla., but is now attending Chalmette High School in Louisiana.

He originally committed to Texas A&M where Stansbury was previously an assistant coach for the last two years.

Robinson’s godfather is also newly named WKU basketball Assistant Coach Shammond Williams.

ESPN’s scouting report of Robinson described the center as a “lengthy 5-man with broad shoulders, long arms, and a bevy of athleticism.” The report also said that he is quick off the floor at both ends and his hands are “terrific.”

According to, Robinson averaged 19.6 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game and 7.9 blocks per game in his junior season at Chalmette High School.

Robinson is also the first recorded consensus five-star recruit that WKU basketball has had since the star-rating system was first introduced. 

He is also Stansbury’s first recruit of the 2017 recruiting class.