Kentucky knows how to get its basketball recruits. It appears that is a state-wide phenomenon now too.
With SEC schools LSU and Alabama chasing after him, the top center in the Class of 2017 has committed instead to play for former Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury and Western Kentucky, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Wednesday.
BREAKING: Five-Star 2017 big man Mitchell Robinson told @CBSSports that he has committed to Western Kentucky. Huge get for Rick Stansbury.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 29, 2016
Robinson had previously committed to Texas A&M, but decommitted from the program in April. Since then, Robinson’s profile has risen pretty dramatically he is the ninth best prospect in the country according to 247Sports Composite Rankings and the best center overall.
For a school like LSU, this hurts especially bad.
Robinson is from Chalmette, La., and is one of the best prospects in the state. The Tigers reportedly were going hard after Robinson to get him to commit. Missing out on him is a big loss for the Tigers program as it tries to keep some momentum from its stellar recruiting class last summer that included top overall pick Ben Simmons (even if that did not result in a postseason appearance).
This was a player that was in SEC country and instead was plucked by a former SEC coach to go to a smaller conference school. It seems like a very rare occurrence.
Stansbury coached at Mississippi State as the team’s head coach from 1998-2012, including six NCAA Tournament appearances. He retired in 2012, but returned as an assistant coach at Texas A&M in 2014. He is getting set for his first season at Western Kentucky.
This turned into quite a steal for him and his new program. And quite a loss for the SEC.