Earlier today, Ohio State men’s head basketball coach Thad Matta received his second verbal commitment for the 2015 class as Mickey Mitchell pledged his allegiance to Buckeye Nation.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound forward from Prestonwood Academy in Plano, Texas, is a five-star prospect by both Scout.com and 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. Scout lists Mitchell as the fifth-best power forward in the nation, while 247Sports tabs him at No. 4 among small forwards in the country.
If the combination of names like “Mitchell,” “Prestonwood Academy,” and “Plano, Texas” sound familiar, they should. Mickey Mitchell is the younger brother of Mike Mitchell, a freshman linebacker at Ohio State.
“Those two are really close,” said Ken Mitchell, Mickey and Mike’s father, to Kevin Hageland of the Plano Star-Courier. “Mickey was just going up there for a visit and I don’t think he realized just how big that legend of Ohio State is … though obviously he realized it once he got there.”
Mickey was in Columbus today to visit his brother Mike when he called his parents to tell them he decided to commit to Ohio State.
After tearing his ACL playing quarterback on his high school football team, Mitchell had surgery on Nov. 30 and sat out his sophomore season on the hardwood. He averaged 10.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists as a freshman. On the football field, he passed for 1,855 yards and 21 touchdowns, while rushing for 773 yards and 11 more scores.
This summer, Mitchell played on the Texas Titans AAU team that won several national titles. Mitchell, though will not play football this fall, buy may next season as a senior.
Along with Ohio State, Mitchell also had offers from Baylor, Florida, Kansas, Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M and USC for basketball. Several other schools were interested in Mitchell for football.
The class of 2015 is now at two as Amos “A.J.” Harris, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound point guard from Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio, pledged his allegiance to Buckeye Nation on Aug. 12.