Texas A&M jumped on the Raquan Mitchell bandwagon first and was rewarded when the high-flying, 6-4 Miami Southridge product signed with the Aggies last Sunday. Eschewing offers from Baylor, Memphis, TCU, Tulane and others, Mitchell is the latest gem to an Aggies recruiting class that was already ranked No. 10 before getting Mitchell.
“I love competition so I had to put in the extra work and heart to be where I am,” Mitchell said. “I chose Texas A&M because everything they told me and my family in the recruiting process was true. They were the first one that showed they really wanted me. They showed me the most love.”
Despite playing only his last two years of high school, Mitchell parlayed his athletic ability (39 inch vertical jump) to become one of the state’s top combo guards by his senior season. Mitchell averaged 22.1 points and 5.2 rebounds for Spartans coach John Herron as an all-state selection, and turned in one of the most memorable plays of the summer when he dunked over 7-1 sensation Thon Maker at the Las Vegas Fab 48.
“He can play above the rim, can defend and is strong and athletic,” Herron said. “He has to refine his game, get his ball handling down by just playing more basketball. He has a chance to play a lot as a freshman. I’m happy for him.”
▪ Fresh off a strong performance in the Adidas Nations Global Final, Miami Norland five-star forward Dewan Huell has turned his attention to the Under Armour Elite 24 Tournament in New York. The 6-10 Huell, who has jumped to No. 18 in the ESPN 100 for the 2016 class, is expected to add to a list of offers that is already highlighted by North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville, Miami and Florida, among others.
Huell had 11 points and eight rebounds playing for Team Wall, which fell 113-93 to Team Rose in the Adidas Nations Global championship game Monday.