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Saturday, August 21, 2021

Kansas cracks final four for 5-star forward Mark Mitchell

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

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It’s down to Kansas, Duke, UCLA and Missouri in the recruitment of five-star small forward Mark Mitchell, who trimmed his list down to four on Saturday.

Mitchell, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing ranked No. 8 overall in the 2022 class by Rivals.com, released his trimmed-down list on social media on Saturday afternoon.

The posts featured images of Mitchell in all four uniforms along with logos of his finalists and a bigger image of Mitchell, wearing a question mark jersey, in the middle of all of it.

Earlier this week, Mitchell arrived at Sunrise Christian Academy near Wichita, where he will play his senior season of high school. The decision to head to Sunrise, which was the result of Mitchell seeking higher-level competition and greater exposure, comes after a stellar three-year career at nearby Bishop Miege High.

At SCA, Mitchell will team with Class of 2022 KU commitment Gradey Dick, who committed to Kansas in March.

“Kansas is a place for perimeter players," Mitchell told Zagsblog.com. "I think that could benefit me if I decide to go there. Also, my roommate (at Sunrise, Gradey Dick), is a KU commit, so that could be a factor.”

Known as an athletic combo forward with do-everything skills, Mitchell is a natural lefty who can score inside and out.

The scouting report on Mitchell offered up by 247 Sports Director of Scouting, Jerry Meyer, focuses on several aspects of Mitchell’s athleticism.

“Has long arms, plays with a motor and is a terrific two-foot jumper,” Meyer writes. “Explosive in a crowd. Does most of his damage around the basket as a slasher, post-up player and rebounder.”

Meyer also classifies Mitchell as a “solid and versatile defender,” who has good feel for the game.

The five-star prospect told Zagsblog he hopes to make his final decision in December.

The early signing period for the 2022 basketball class runs from Nov. 10 to Nov. 17. The regular signing period for 2022 prospects runs from April 13 to May 18 of next year.

Kansas currently has three commitments in the 2022 class — Dick, Zuby Ojiofor and M.J. Rice — but could have room for as many as two or three more players before things are finalized, depending on who stays or goes following the 2021-22 season.

Comments

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 1 month ago

Great news. Would be a great addition to an already strong class. Plus, I love to watch southpaws shoot. Keeping our fingers crossed.

Matt Stone 1 month ago

The fact he is #1 From KU country #2 Went to Miege and has lots of friends and family in area #3 Plays with a friend (Grady Dick) and future Jayhawk right now are 3 reasons the other programs don't have to add him. So I am saying there is a chance.

Kit Duncan 1 month ago

He would make a great addition to the KU roster! Does anyone else think his game is a lot like Paul Pierce's?

Brian Wilson 1 month ago

"Kansas is a place for perimiter players". His highlights from the "Classic" are pretty much moves from the perimieter to the inside. I guess that's why. He gets by his defender with ease. And, what I like about his highlights is how he looks to be very under control with a ton of concentration and focus about putting the ball in the basket and not missing shots.

Gerry Butler 1 month ago

Don't even begin to get your hopes up on this kid, everything I've been hearing and reading is out of these 4 Schools KU running dead last.

Most popular is probably 90 % chance UCLA - -U - -C - -L - -A. -- he loves it out there, believe he has a brother or some family living out there. - If NOT UCLA - -then Duke has made a strong impression on him , hell even heard Missery feels good about him.

Heard KU staff has kind of backed off because of ways things look or have already been told - -this ship has sailed - -nothing to get worked up about here. - -Were gonna be just fine without him. We was fine before him - - we will be fine without him

Ryan Mullen 1 month ago

Gerry, that is awesome you have an inside source with the coaching staff. Are you a big time booster? You must have a lot of money.

Gerry Butler 1 month ago

so very intelligent of you - - And yes - - yes I do , thanks for the compliment though Enstein must be hard - - really hard being so quick lmao. How did you EVER become so intelligent ? now I'm jealous. All you have to do is follow along if your into the sports recruiting different analysts been well known it's between UCLA the favorite and Duke , but don't let me rain on your little parade you hang in their Sparky hell we might just land EVERY top prospect -wouldn't that be great. - -We were fine before Mitchell and will be fine after Mitchell.

You hang in there good luck with that Sparky

Ryan Mullen 1 month ago

You’re the man Gerry. You must bathe in money and updated recruiting info every night. You should change your legal name to Insider Butler.

Gerry Butler 1 month ago

lmao I like you - - I really really do you a funny guy lol ya I like you alot roflmao

Austin Lopez 1 month ago

Gerry don’t always believe what the analysts say, remember when they said Andrew Wiggins was a dead lock to Florida State and no way he was going any where else? Look how that turned out, with Andrew Wiggins in a KU uniform. Don’t underestimate Bill Self!

Gerry Butler 1 month ago

I understand I think it's alot more about his quotes of how he loves the UCLA campus and the City , on top of having some family out there. Anything can happen but just don't hold your breathe.

Kit Duncan 1 month ago

It appears that you stopped reading the 247Sports article after the UCLA visit. In the July 2 article Mitchell said he was in no hurry to decide, planning to watch everybody start play this next season, making his decision, possibly in December or January. That doesn't sound like a kid who has made up his mind to go to UCLA. He may have dropped UNC from his list, but it seems he hasn't dropped KU.

Dirk Medema 1 month ago

Austin, there have been others as well as Wiggins, though when Lester Earl’s son moved away to prep in FL, I had a bad feeling about our chances.

It is always rather humorous to me when random commenters are certain about what a teen is going to decide, sometimes even when the kids say otherwise.

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