Recovery complete for Mitchell

It was a tough summer for Mickey Mitchell, but now the five-star prospect is healthy and ready to get back on the basketball court.

While most of the 2015 class was out on the AAU circuit this spring and summer, one big name was noticeably absent and that was Mickey Mitchell. The Plano (Tex) West standout was rehabbing a torn ACL. Now according to his father, the injury is healed and Mitchell is ready to go.

"He is doing good," said Mitchell's father Ken. "Mickey is now 6-foot-8 and 245 pounds and he is leaping out of the gym. He is really coming along great from that injury. He was cleared about two months ago and he is going full bore right now."

Ken Mitchell continued, "He just works his rehab real hard. That was really the key for him. He took it in little increments. We just felt like at the end of the summer there was only one tournament left after he got cleared, so the doctor felt that was very difficult with no practice, and the coaches all felt the same way as well. It wasn't worth it to just come out for one tournament, so he didn't play at all in the summer."

While no coach had a chance to see him play as a sophomore because of injury, things haven't stalled at all in his recruitment.

"The funny thing is the ACL hasn't slowed down his recruitment at all," said Mitchell. "Mickey by his sophomore year he had 21 offers, so he has been recruited by Florida, Ohio State, Kentucky, Stanford, Oregon, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, Louisville, Virginia, A&M, USC, UCLA, UNLV, there are a bunch more."

He continued, "On June 15 my phone just blew up, it was just relentless, so the injury has had no real impact on his recruitment."

One school with a big connection to Mitchell is Ohio State. Mickey's older brother, Mike Mitchell, is a freshman linebacker at the school, and in the past the family has talked about the two going to the same school.

"Mickey likes Ohio State," said Mitchell. "We are telling Mickey that he is the one who has to go to school there. It is nice that Mike is there, but we want Mickey to go where he thinks is best suited for him, and where he can help the team and win the national title."

He continued, "Ohio State loves him, and that is one of the schools Mickey really, really likes. Coach (Thad) Matta has been great, and he is very interested in Ohio State."

Another school with a connection is Kentucky. Mitchell and Julius Randle were high school teammates, and while Randle will be long gone from Lexington before Mitchell were to arrive, Kentucky boss John Calipari is very familiar with Mitchell and his game.

"John is a pretty smart guy," said Mitchell. "Coach Cal recruited Mickey starting in the eighth grade, so he spotted him early. He has shown interest since the eighth grade. Mickey has always liked Coach Cal and Kentucky, so they have always been around."

Now completely healthy look for a big junior season from Mitchell, who is currently the No. 15 prospect in the country.


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