New Western Kentucky University basketball coach Rick Stansbury is already getting it done on the recruiting trail.
Stansbury on Monday night acknowledged to WKU Insider that he wanted the Toppers name to be thrown around with the elite programs in the country on the recruiting scene.
"Why not?" Stansbury asked. "Why can't we get there here. We all play in the same tournament at the end of the year."
The Toppers have landed one of those recruits. Mitchell Robinson, the No. 11 player in the Scout.com Class of 2017 rankings, committed to the Toppers on Wednesday after an unofficial visit to Bowling Green.
"It's a group of people that I trust," Robinson told Scout.com's Evan Daniels after his commitment.
"The playing style and the way they play," he said were key factors.
The 6-foot-11, 225-pound Robinson had been committed to Texas A&M and was recruited there by Stansbury. Once he was hired at WKU, Stansbury made Robinson a major priority. Former North Carolina standout and Tulane assistant Shammond Williams is Robinson's Godfather. He was hired at WKU as an assistant coach during the offseason.
Robinson has averaged 15.5 points, 11.6 rebounds and 4.1 blocks a game in the EYBL.