Mitchell Robinson has been granted his release to transfer from the Western Kentucky University men’s basketball program. The conditions of the release were not revealed.
In a press release issued Tuesday night, WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury said: “WKU freshman center Mitchell Robinson has been granted his release to transfer from the Hilltopper program. After discussing Mitchell’s future with him Monday evening, we agreed that it would be best for both sides to allow him to move in a different direction. As I’ve said before, Mitchell is a great kid, and we wish him well going forward.”
On Monday, WKU released a statement by Stansbury that said the five-start freshman center had been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
In the statement released Monday morning, Stansbury said: “WKU freshman center Mitchell Robinson is suspended indefinitely from the program for a violation of team rules. Mitchell is a good kid, but the team will always be more important than one individual player. He needs to understand the value of structure and accountability in his life, and his return will be dependent upon requirements that will be handled internally. My focus is on our team, and I’m excited about this group as we prepare for next week’s trip to Costa Rica.”
It was reported by multiple news outlets that Robinson left WKU sometime Wednesday or Thursday of last week and had not spoken to Stansbury or anyone else at the university by Monday morning.
Robinson had been on campus for two weeks and had participated in team practices. The Hilltoppers are scheduled to travel to Costa Rica in the coming weeks for games against international competition.
Former men’s basketball assistant Shammond Williams, who has been referred to by media outlets as Robinson’s godfather, resigned from the WKU staff about a week before Robinson arrived on campus.