Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Mystery Man Mitchell Robinson Withdraws from NBA Draft Combine
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Mystery Man Mitchell Robinson will remain a mystery.
The 6-foot-10 Robinson will skip this week’s NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, where he would’ve been one of four players without any college experience, league sources confirmed to ZAGSBLOG. ESPN’S Jonathan Givony first reported the news on Twitter.
Marcell Scott, Robinson’s trainer, said by text that Robinson still planned to do individual team workouts going further.
“Yes, he will,” Scott said, declining further comment.
Scott told WNGO.com in New Orleans this week that Robinson needed to work on his conditioning.
“I got some feedback that he needed to improve conditioning-wise,” he said. “He needed to make sure that he was stronger in his upper body and his base too. Make sure that he stays explosive. Make sure that he stays balanced. Make sure that he’s able to get off a good, comfortable shot even if it’s physical.”
Robinson flip-flopped on his decision several times before announcing in September that he would forego college — he initially enrolled at Western Kentucky — and prepare for the Draft.
He’s currently projected at No. 25 in the Draft to the Lakers by ESPN.com.
“Mitchell Robinson is an incredible talent, some compared to a young Anthony Davis but there are maturity issues,” ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla said this week. “There are things that have to be sorted out through the interview process on all of those guys.”
The last time anyone really saw Robinson was when he went for 15 points and 3 rebounds in the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn in April 2017.
“I think he would have been better off playing in college but going with a good trainer and working very hard because he has size and talent will get him to his first-round goal,” one NBA scout said last fall. “Playing well in Draft workouts and having good interviews will be important.”
Robinson seems to know he must impress going forward, telling ESPN.com recently, “I’m just gonna have to kill the workouts.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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