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Mitchell Robinson, Chalmette basketball player

Mitchell Robinson better get used to the maroon and white.

The Class of 2017 big man from Chalmette verbally committed to play basketball at Texas A&M over the weekend, Owls coach Butch Stockton said.

Robinson, a 6-foot-11 center unanimously ranked in the top 40 players for his recruiting class, chose the Aggies over the likes of LSU, Auburn, Florida State, Alabama, UMass, DePaul and Murray State in what his coach called an easy decision.

“He told me he really enjoyed the school and he also liked the coaching staff,” Stockton said. “He felt comfortable with the coaching staff and then felt like it was going to be the best place for him at this time.”

Robinson is the first player to commit to Texas A&M in the school’s 2017 recruiting class. He is ranked 39th in the ESPN 60, 33rd by Rivals and 32nd by 247Sports.

With his size and strength, Stockton said Robinson compares to former Helen Cox big man Greg Monroe, who helped the Cougars nab a Class 4A state championship back in 2008.

“Greg Monroe was strong, big and a good offensive rebounder,” Stockton remembers. “Mitchell runs the floor extremely well and is also a very aggressive rebounder. He goes to the boards very strong. Mitchell can also shoot the ball some from outside, but his strongest contribution is he’s a great shot-blocker with great timing.”

Robinson has yet to play a regular-season game for Chalmette.

The big man enrolled at the St. Bernard Parish school earlier this school year after transferring from Landry-Walker. Previously, he was enrolled at Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, Florida.

Stockton called Robinson “a once in a lifetime player” and arguably the best he’s ever had while coaching the Owls.

Robinson should be a difference-maker as Chalmette prepares to make a push in District 8-5A, which features Helen Cox, Bonnabel and Landry-Walker, teams that all have big men of their own.

Going against the likes of Cox’s Roydell Brown, Bonnabel’s Joe Thompson and Landry-Walker’s Cameron Laird, Stockton believes having a blue-chip player like Robinson makes Chalmette a legitimate contender.

“He’s helped our team tremendously already,” Stockton said. “We haven’t had a big man here in a long time. Mitchell adds so much to the floor for us. He’s going to be able to rebound and make us strongest inside. Our district is very strong. There’s not another district in the state with four players over 6-foot-9.

“Robinson’s a once in a lifetime player. Each time you add a player of his caliber you changes your basketball team and adds excitement to your school.”