By Kevin Sweeney
The Mitchell Robinson saga continues.
Western Kentucky announced today that Robinson has been suspended indefinitely due to a violation of team rules. The move comes following reports this weekend of Robinson leaving the WKU program and cleaning out his dorm room. It's still very much unclear whether Robinson will ever play a game in a WKU uniform.
WKU head coach Rick Stansbury stunned the college basketball world when he landed the commitment of the 5-star center back in November, but that commitment has seemingly wavered multiple times. At one point, Robinson tweeted that he would be recommitting from WKU, but later deleted the tweet and claimed his account was hacked. A few weeks ago, many reported that Robinson was strongly considering other options, including going overseas to play professionally, rather than attend WKU. Shortly thereafter, he arrived on campus for summer practice and the Hilltoppers appeared to be in the clear. This situation can't have been helped by the July departure of assistant coach Shammond Williams, who is Robinson's godfather and played a significant role in the recruitment of Robinson to WKU.
Robinson may choose to wait out this suspension and play this season at WKU, or he could look at a variety of other options. He could look to transfer to another D1 program, in which he would need a release from his scholarship from WKU and a waiver from the NCAA to play this season. Otherwise, he'd have to redshirt, which wouldn't make a ton of sense for a player most consider a likely lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He could also look to turn pro now, with Australia, Europe, or China making sense as potential landing spots for a year of pro basketball.
More to come on this developing story.