Mitchell Robinson had already lived an itinerant life. He attended three high schools and moved back and forth between Florida and Louisiana for a spell. He can be standoffish at first and shy, Marcell Scott [his trainer] says, but he has built a relationship with him going back to 11th grade. When they started working out together again this past season, he didn’t bother to ask what had transpired at Western Kentucky.
Instead, they focused on basketball and Scott says he saw steady growth. His understanding of the sport improved. Robinson had been arriving late to the gym when they first started working together, and now he arrives early.
Scott gave Robinson the same workouts the trainer used with Anthony Davis, another client, training the near 7-footer like a guard, and then had the two work together. To approximate the length Robinson would face in the NBA, Davis guarded him, blocking his shots and making him use pump fakes and dribble pull-ups.