Chicago Bloom senior Martice Mitchell stands 6-foot-10, but he’ll be the first to tell you that being tall doesn’t mean he should be labeled as a post player.
Most recruiting services list him as a center. Mitchell, who will make his college decision Monday afternoon, says he can play on the wing, too.
Recruiting him as a 6-10 player who can stretch the floor has put Rutgers and Minnesota in a good position to land him. Gophers coach Richard Pitino has three scholarships available, but he’s looking for his first commitment this fall.
Mitchell’s play in the NCAA Academy’s Midwest Region camp in Champaign and Adidas Summer Championships opened the eyes of several Power Five programs. Hist list of scholarship offers this summer also included Iowa, Xavier and Maryland.
Two weeks ago, Mitchell took an official trip to see the Gophers, but he’s also visited Xavier and Rutgers. Playing for Kevon Looney Elite in July, Mitchell averaged 10 points, five rebounds and shot 40 percent from three-point range.
That shooting stroke for his size made Mitchell an intriguing prospect for the Gophers, who also hosted five-star Prior Lake forward Dawson Garcia on the same weekend earlier this month. Pitino and his staff are hoping to add both to their 2020 class.
Another announcement that could come soon is from four-star Brewster Academy (N.H.) guard Jamal Mashburn Jr., who the Gophers hosted for an official visit over the weekend. Mashburn told the Star Tribune last week that is decision will come down to Cal and Minnesota.