Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Western Kentucky Signs 4-Star Guard Anderson and 5-Star Center Robinson

It seems recruiting has improved at Western Kentucky University under new head coach Rick Stansbury.

The Hilltoppers have signed 4-star guard Josh Anderson and 5-star center Mitchell Robinson this  week. 

Josh Anderson

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Making it two backcourt signees for his program, WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday the signing of four-star prospect Josh Anderson (6-4, Guard) to a national letter of intent in the 2017 recruiting class.

Anderson, out of Madison Prep Academy in Baton Rouge, La., is the highest-ranked signee for the Hilltoppers since the beginning of the modern recruiting services.

Anderson is a consensus four-star recruit across all outlets and is ranked as the No. 43 player nationally in the 2017 class by Rivals, No. 50 by Scout and No. 52 by 247Sports.

“We’re very excited to have Josh join our basketball program and family,” Stansbury said. “He’s a talented young man who brings a lot of athleticism offensively and defensively. Besides being a terrific basketball player and athlete, he’s a great young man that comes from a really good family. On top of that, he comes from one of the best high school programs in the state of Louisiana where he’s been well-coached by Jeff Jones. We’re excited to have him and his family be a part of our program.”

Anderson is a proven winner, helping Madison Prep to its third state championship in four years last season. He averaged 18.1 points. 5.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game as a junior as Madison Prep won its second straight title and appeared in its third straight state championship game.

Anderson will be the first player in Madison Prep history to start all four years at the varsity level and will make a run at the school’s all-time scoring record.

He was also a standout at the AAU level, averaging 15.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals last summer for the Louisiana Elite program.

“Josh is probably one of the most underrated and intriguing players in the country,” Madison Prep coach Jeff Jones said. “He’s a very versatile player with a large skillset. He can play multiple positions and guard anywhere from the 1 to the 3, and he’s a gym rat.”

Mitchell Robinson

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Adding to a nationally elite signing class, WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Tuesday the signing of five-star prospect Mitchell Robinson (7-0, Center) to a national letter of intent in the 2017 recruiting class.

Robinson, out of Chalmette (La.) High School, is far and away the highest-ranked signee for the Hilltoppers since the beginning of the modern recruiting services.

The big man is a consensus five-star recruit across all outlets and is ranked as the No. 4 prospect nationally in the 2017 class by 247Sports and No. 6 by both Rivals and Scout.

Along with fellow signee guards Josh Anderson and Taveion Hollingsworth, the newest Hilltoppers give WKU its first top-25 signing class in the modern era. With the trio, the Hilltoppers’ haul is currently ranked seventh by Rivals, 10th by Scout, and 12th by 247Sports.

247Sports rates Robinson as the top center prospect in the country and the No. 1 player out of Louisiana in the 2017 class.

Robinson is also the highest-ranked recruit ever signed by Stansbury, who produced five top-20 signing classes in a nine-year stretch during his 14-year tenure at the helm at Mississippi State.

“It’s obvious Mitchell is one of the most talented big guys in the country,” Stansbury said. “His best days all lie ahead of him. He has a lot more abilities than just running and jumping and blocking the ball. He has a skillset where he can step out and really shoot the basketball. We’re excited to have him and his family be a part of our program.”

Robinson heads to WKU with a reputation as a defensive force. He averaged 20.9 points, 13.6 rebounds, 8.1 blocks and 2.0 steals per game last season as a junior for Chalmette High School while shooting 69 percent from the floor.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling the NCAA will be paying Bowling Green a visit before much longer.

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