A tweet on the Chalmette High Sports Twitter account needed just two words to describe the big news.
“He’s here,” the tweet said.
The “he” is 6-foot-11 center Mitchell Robinson, one of the top junior basketball players in the country.
Robinson officially enrolled at Chalmette on Tuesday, coach Butch Stockton confirmed, transferring from Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, Florida.
Robinson is ranked the No. 33 player in the Class of 2017 in the ESPN rankings and No. 42 by 247 Sports.
“It’s cool. I like it here,” Robinson said about the transition.
Robinson’s mother moved from Florida to Louisiana last year. He lived in New Orleans for a month with her, but returned to Pensacola. But now he’s back.
“I didn’t feel they were trying to help me with my grades there (in Florida), so I moved here and here I am,” Robinson said.
“Now I’m in all the classes I need to be in to get qualified for college.”
Chalmette coach Butch Stockton was thrilled to land one of the nation’s best big men.
“I was very excited about it,” Stockton said. “I’ve been coaching since 1975, and I have never had one that tall.”
He is listed as a four-star recruit by rivals.com and has offers from Tulane, Alabama, DePaul, UAB, UMass, Murray State, Troy.
Robinson said he will wait until his senior year to make a decision about college.
His goal this year is simple?
“I want to try to go to state with my new team,” Robinson said.
He comes to a Chalmette team that finished 7-22 last season and lost five seniors, including three starters.
“He played about four games with us this summer, and he did well really well and fit right in,” Stockton said. “A kid like that can help anybody.”