Mitchell Adds Interest

So far during his junior season Charles Mitchell has been excellent. The power forward is in the best shape of his life and that has some heavy hitters all across the country showing interest in him.

For Wheeler (Ga.) High School they go as Charles Mitchell goes, and so far that means they are going very far. Mitchell is off to an excellent start this high school season, and now college coaches are paying even more attention.

At the recent Ionia Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mitchell was named to the All-Tournament team by averaging 24 points and 13 rebounds per game. It was a breakout performance for the power forward.

"It was fun, but at the same time I had to stay focused," said Mitchell of the trip to Hawaii. "We had fun when we could, but we also were focused for the games and winning."

Overall those numbers that he put up in Hawaii have been consistent with what Mitchell has been doing so far this season.

"I've been playing well," said Mitchell. "I think I have improved on my low post game the most and my rebounding down low. I have also done a better job of blocking shots and everything."

With the rise in his production, his recruitment has also picked up. More and more schools have been in touch with Mitchell lately.

"Things are going really well," said Mitchell. "I have had interest from Maryland, North Carolina, Clemson, Auburn, Tennessee, Xavier, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Georgia, and Georgia Tech."

For Mitchell he says that the reason his recruitment and play have picked up is because of the work he has done off the floor to get into the best shape of his life.

"It really started off with my eating habits and my work ethic," Mitchell explained. "I was motivated to prove to people that I can be athletic and I can finish above the rim. I was motivated to prove that and I worked hard to lose 20 pounds and really improve my conditioning."

For now Mitchell is simply taking it all in and evaluating each school as much as possible. While the added recruiting attention is nice, he is simply trying to remain focused on getting better.

"It's been real cool, but I just have to learn to stay focused right now and not let it get to me," said Mitchell of the added recruiting attention. "I just have to continue to stay focused and get better every day."

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