Mitchell is emerging at Brewster

After missing the past summer due to injury Donovan Mitchell fell off the radar some, but he looks ready to have a huge season as a junior.

Three-star class of 2015 guard Donovan Mitchell is someone who looks primed to have a breakout season. The Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy standout is opening eyes with his play this fall and is racking up scholarship offers.

"He's been terrific," said Brewster Head Coach Jason Smith. "He's an explosive athlete. He is our best athlete and we have some high level athletes on our team. I think the biggest pleasant surprise has been how well he is shooting the ball. Right now he is shooting the ball tremendously well."

Smith continued, "Donovan is off the charts as a kid. When he contacted me at the end of the summer I called around to the regional high-major schools that were already recruiting him, and the first out of their mouth was it is a no brainer to take him and that Donovan is a very high character kid."

For his part Mitchell is also happy with the move to Brewster both on and off the court.

"Brewster has been great," said Mitchell. "It is a transition basketball wise because of the competition, so that is a big adjustment. The academic support here is unbelievable. I am doing better here than at my last school, and overall this has been a great move for me."

Recruiting wise Smith says that a bunch of colleges have been by the school to check in on Mitchell.

"Providence, Boston College, Connecticut, St. John's,Maryland Iowa, Kansas, Florida, and Syracuse are the ones that I can remember that have been by right now," said Smith. "The only schools that haven't offered are Syracuse, Kansas, and Florida."

For his part Mitchell says that four coaches seem to be coming after him the hardest on the recruiting trail.

"I've probably talked to Coach (Steve) Donahue from Boston College, Coach (Ed) Cooley from Providence, Coach (Andrew) Francis from Iowa, and Coach (Rashon) Burno from Florida the most," said Mitchell.

On Friday Mitchell made an unofficial visit to Providence for their Midnight Madness event, and he came away impressed.

"The visit was great," said Mitchell. "Providence has a great fan base, and the coaches showed me where I would fit in with their program. It is perfect for what I like to do and the style of play that I have."

He continued, "They were one of the first schools to recruit me and the second scholarship offer I received. Overall the relationship I have with them is as close as I have with any school. I have been there the most, so I know the campus and the facilities really well."

Also the Iowa Hawkeyes have made sure to build a very close relationship with Mitchell, and continue to remain a major factor in this recruitment.

"Coach Francis has been in contact since last year," said Mitchell. "He has been talking to me about how I would be a great fit as a point guard and shooting guard. My relationship with him has gotten very close as well. We will just talk and have a normal conversation, and it isn't all about basketball. Sometimes I feel like I am talking to a friend and not a college coach which is something I like."

Another school who is closely monitoring Mitchell, but hasn't yet offered is Florida. The Gators continue to show Mitchell a lot of attention and will watch him during the high school year.

"I was excited when I heard that Florida was coming up and was starting to recruit me because they are a big time school," Mitchell explained. "Talking to them has been great and Coach Burno has been real good. I like them a lot."

Syracuse is always a recruiting force in the Northeast, and the Orange have some connections to Brewster from current and past players. Right now they are monitoring Mitchell and seeing if he fits their style.

"I haven't talked to Coach (Mike) Hopkins in a little while, but when they do talk to me it is just them catching up with me and stuff," said Mitchell. "I am teammates with their commitment, Chris McCullough. They see how we are doing together and see if we could continue that duo pretty much."

For now Mitchell is in no hurry to make a decision, but he does have a good idea of what he is looking for in a school.

"What I look for is a big fan base, fast style of play, a large school, and just a place where I can get a good education because not everybody makes it," said Mitchell. "I just want to have a great education for whenever I stop playing basketball."

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