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Basketball Recruiting

Five-star junior Mark Mitchell plans visits, discusses recruitment

May 17, 2021

Entering last summer, Mark Mitchell was a five-star that only held two official scholarship offers. Now, he remains a five-star status prospect and has plenty of suitors involved in his recruitment. Now standing at 6-foot-7, Mitchell has become one of the most sought-after prospects in the entire 2022 class.

He averaged 21.6 points and 8.7 rebounds in his sophomore season at Bishop Miege and also was invited to the USA Basketball mini-camp. Entering his junior year, Mitchell was primed for another big season and he did just that. For Bishop Miege in year three, Mitchell had season averages of 18 points and nearly eight rebounds per game, yes, his scoring did go down but I feel like he expanded his game even more.

My thoughts?

Mitchell is your modern-day wing standing at 6-foot-8 and can pretty much do everything possible on the floor. Can score at multiple levels, freak athlete, tons of explosiveness, and versatility. You look at guys like Ziaire Williams at Stanford, a lengthy prototypical wing who could handle the ball and pretty much do anything a coach needs.

Mitchell is at the visit stage. With the NCAA ending the dead period on June 1st after a long stint due to COVID-19, college campuses will open back up and the five-star Kansas native already has his sights set on visiting several schools, many of which will be of the official capacity.

So where’s Mitchell going? The dates are tentative but Mitchell plans on being at UCLA from June 6th through the 7th. Following that, he looks to be on Missouri’s campus on June 12th. On June 19th, he will travel to Stillwater where Mike Boynton and Oklahoma State will host him. Finally, the last planned official is to Duke at the end of June.

In addition, Kansas will host him under the unofficial capacity on June 16th.

Now, let’s talk with Mitchell, who caught up with on Sunday night.

Mark, have any new programs gotten involved in your recruitment?

“Kentucky is really the only new school to enter the mix.”

Your first official visit is to UCLA, thoughts on Mick Cronin’s program?

“I like UCLA. I’ve seen the campus once before and I really like the campus and if you're in LA you’re going to get better because there’s just so many basketball resources available for you.”

Duke seems to be making even more of a push at you recently.

“I’ve been building a relationship with Coach Scheyer and just getting to know each other and they’ve been telling me how I could fit in their program, I visit in June.”

Kansas, the hometown school, what’s the relationship like with them?

“Kansas is close to home and I’ve probably been talking to Coach Roberts more than anyone since eighth grade so there is some familiarity there.”

You’ll also visit Mizzou, what are your thoughts on them?

“Mizzou is somewhere I’ve been visited in the past and I talk to Coach Martin and Coach Harris a couple of times a week, I like the way they play as well.”

Any idea on a commitment timeline?

“I probably will commit somewhere closer to the new year unless something drastically changes just so I can get a feel for all of the programs.”

And what are your summer goals? What have you been working on in your game that will shock people

”Well I'm out until probably august because I had elbow surgery on my right arm so I’m just trying to get back healthy but since I’m left-handed I’m sure my shot will be a lot better from all the form shooting I’ve been doing.”

Is College the ultimate goal? You see the pro route becoming more popular.

“I want to play in college but if the pro route offered me I would consider it.”


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