Posted: 5:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013
By Andrew Lind
The Ohio State basketball program received a huge commitment from one of the top players in the 2015 class yesterday. Mickey Mitchell, the brother of current Buckeye linebacker Mike Mitchell, gave Coach Thad Matta his pledge after visiting Ohio State this past weekend.
B🏀🏀M!!!!!!— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) August 22, 2013
Mitchell, a 6’8 forward from Plano, Texas, was unable to play his sophomore season due to a torn ACL, an injury he suffered playing football. Although Mitchell suffered such a devastating injury, his father feels that he is fully healed.
Because of the injury, Mitchell is giving up football to focus solely on his future on the hardwood. During his freshman season at Prestonwood Christian, the five-star recruit displayed elite athleticism, as well as some of the best court vision that I have ever seen. Mitchell sat down with 247 Sports to explain his recruiting process, and what sealed the deal for him and Ohio State:
"Of course, my brother is here at the school. That would be a plus for anyone. Most of it was the coaching staff and how awesome they are and the players. I got to talk to Coach Matta. The first time I talked to him in person it was for about an hour and I felt like I had known him a long time. That conversation went really well.
Mitchell’s pledge gives the 2015 class two commitments, the other coming from Dayton Dunbar point guard A.J. Harris.
With six more siblings, don’t expect this to be the last time we hear from the Mitchell family. High school sophomore McKinley Mitchell is slowly making his way up the recruiting ladder in both football and basketball. We covered this signing extensively yesterday, which you can check out here and here.
Luke Kennard, another member of the 2015 basketball class, looks to be narrowing his list in the next few weeks. The 6’5 shooting guard from Franklin, Ohio, is being recruited by some of the best colleges in the country, including Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Indiana, and Ohio State.
On the football front, with less than a week before the college and high school seasons kick off, coaches and players alike would love to focus on the season instead of recruiting. Pope John XXIII (Sparta, NJ) athlete Noah Brown agrees, which is why he plans on making his college decision sometime before his school’s first game.
Brown took to twitter to announce his intentions:
"When are you committing? – Anytime before sept 12th which is my first game"
Noah Brown - @nb_dosuno
Pope John XXIII kicks off the season on September 12th at Randolph (NJ) High School.
Meanwhile, over at Bill Davis Stadium, head coach Greg Beals is building quite the contender. The Ohio State baseball pickup Zack Shannon has been named the 35th ranked prospect for the 2014 MLB draft, according to ScoutingBaseball.com. Shannon, from Anderson High School (Cincinnati) is just as coveted for his 95 mph fastball as he is for his power potential.
To put it in Layman’s terms, Ohio State is becoming much more than a football school.
When it is all said and done, #OhioState could have Top 5 recruiting classes for Football, Ladies Basketball & Mens Basketball in 2014.— Adam Waters (@AWaters_LGHL) August 22, 2013