Jan. 15, 2017
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball signee Mitchell Robinson was named a McDonald’s All American on Sunday, the first in program history.
Robinson — a five-star, 7-foot center out of Chalmette (La.) High School — is one of 24 players nationally selected for the prestigious all-star game, which brings together the top high school talent across the country and is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
The final roster was announced live on ESPNU on Sunday night, with Robinson selected for the East squad. The McDonald’s All American Game is set for March 29 at the United Center in Chicago.
Robinson “may be the best shot-blocker in the high school game,” ESPN.com director of recruiting Paul Biancardi said during the live announcement broadcast.
WKU has never had a McDonald’s All American in its storied basketball history. Robinson is the first McDonald’s All American from Conference USA since Memphis’ Shaq Goodwin in 2012.
Robinson is also the sixth McDonald’s All American signed by WKU’s Rick Stansbury as a head coach, joining standouts Mario Austin, Renardo Sidney, Monta Ellis, Travis Outlaw and Jonathan Bender from Stansbury’s tenure at Mississippi State.
Robinson, who signed with Stansbury and WKU in November, is ranked as the No. 6 prospect nationally in the 2017 class by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. Robinson is the Hilltoppers’ highest-ranked prospect during the modern recruiting service era, as well as Stansbury’s highest-ranked recruit during his 15 seasons as a head coach.
Robinson is averaging 27.1 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.9 blocks per game this season for Chalmette, according to MaxPreps.
Fellow WKU signees Josh Anderson and Taveion Hollingsworth were also nominated for the McDonald’s All American Game.
Robinson was also recently named one of 25 midseason candidates for the boys’ high school Naismith Trophy, as presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Ten semifinalists for that national award will be announced Feb. 7.
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