Mitchell Robinson returns to Western Kentucky a month after leaving campus

McDonald's All-American Mitchell Robinson -- who left Western Kentucky's campus last month, asked for a release from the school and subsequently visited LSU, Kansas and New Orleans -- has returned to WKU and enrolled for the fall semester, a source confirmed to CBS Sports early Monday.

"Mitchell officially enrolled at Western Kentucky and is back on campus," Robinson's coach at Chalmette (Louisiana) High School, Butch Stockton, told "We just felt like it was the best place [for him to] go and play."

So that's the latest twist with Rick Stansbury's prized recruit.

Here's a recap of Robinson's saga, if you're just catching up: Robinson committed to Western Kentucky in June 2016 -- just a couple of weeks after Stansbury hired his godfather, Shammond Williams. The 7-foot center then signed a national letter of intent in November and enrolled in July. But he abruptly left campus two weeks later, asked for and was given a release. What followed were visits to LSU, Kansas and New Orleans -- then a report that Robinson had decided to skip college completely. And now he's back at Western Kentucky.

Whether Robinson ever actually plays for the Hilltoppers is obviously dependent on him not leaving campus again -- and on the NCAA certifying him for freshman eligibility. But, if he does, he should be physically overwhelming for most C-USA opponents and the highest-ranked prospect to play in the league since Class of 2010 star Will Barton enrolled at Memphis.

Robinson is a projected first-round pick of the 2018 NBA Draft.

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