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WKU grants release to Mitchell Robinson

WKU grants release to Mitchell Robinson

Just days after being served an indefinite suspension for a violation of team rules, Robinson has opted to leave Western Kentucky to pursue his career at another university.

Robinson had enrolled in summer classes at WKU and practiced as recently as last week.

After enrolling at WKU two weeks ago and participating in practices and organized team events that count toward the 2017-2018 season, Robinson can not play anywhere else on the collegiate level this season without getting an NCAA waiver.

"WKU freshman center Mitchell Robinson has been granted his release to transfer from the Hilltopper program", Stansbury said in a statement. ESPN's Jeff Goodman also reported on Monday that Robinson would be "OK" sitting out next season after a transfer.

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As a transfer, Robinson may not be eligible to play at another school until the 2018-'19 season but as a possible first-round pick in the 2018 National Basketball Association draft he may also be considering playing overseas for a year or even sitting out the season.

Robinson committed to and signed with Western Kentucky when Shammond Williams was a part of the Hilltoppers staff. Williams resigned from his position abruptly in early July.

Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury commented on the absence of his star recruit for the first time Monday. "My focus is on our team, and I'm excited about this group as we prepare for next week's trip to Costa Rica".