Western Kentucky freshman forward Mitchell Robinson has left the Bowling Green, Ky., school for the second time — this time apparently for good.
“I’ve decided to leave Western Kentucky and just focus on next year’s NBA Draft,” Robinson, a 7-footer out of Chalmette (La.) High School, told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels on Sunday night. “I want to thank Western Kentucky, the coaching staff, the fans and my teammates, but I decided to pursue a professional career.”
Robinson, a 200-pound McDonald’s All-American, visited Kansas, LSU and New Orleans after being released from his Western Kentucky scholarship in August only to decide to ultimately return to Western Kentucky on Aug. 28 for a one-and-done season.
It had been speculated he would not be able to transfer to another Division I school and play in games during the 2017-18 season. He could practice but would not be able to play in games until 2018-19, when he could join the NBA.
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Robinson told Scout.com he will work out with a professional trainer in Dallas all season in advance of the 2018 NBA Draft.
“The lifetime goal of mine is to play in the NBA and I feel like forgoing my year of college and going straight to work on a day to day basis will help prepare me, so I can focus just on basketball and maturing,” Robinson told Scout.com.
“He’s strictly focusing on training in Dallas,” his mother Lakesha Robinson told Scout.com. “He has another plan and it’s training.”