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One-time KU hoops recruit Mitchell Robinson leaves college to train for NBA Draft

Mitchell Robinson won’t play college basketball this season and will prepare for the next NBA Draft.
Mitchell Robinson won’t play college basketball this season and will prepare for the next NBA Draft. AP

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.

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.”

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