Mitchell Hears From UNC, Trims List

Donovan Mitchell, who was the breakout star of the July evaluation periods, has trimmed his college list to 10.

Mitchell, a rising senior wing guard at Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy, said the 10 schools he is considering are Creighton, Florida State, Indiana, Providence, Georgetown, Villanova, Louisville, Kansas, Boston College and North Carolina.

“I just feel like these 10 are the ones I see myself excelling in and kind of playing there,” Mitchell said.

Louisville, Georgetown and Villanova offered him following the first evaluation period. On Wednesday, Kansas joined the mix, giving him a scholarship offer from every school on his list except for North Carolina.

While Kansas is the latest to offer, they do have a strong relationship with the the 6-foot-3 standout.

"Kansas has been there for a while," Mitchell said. "I've known Norm Roberts from when I was younger going against his son. I’ve known him since St. Johns.

"Freddie Quartlebaum went to high school with my mom so I’ve known both of them for a long time outside of basketball. I do know they’ve been talking to me since they came to watch Devonte [Graham] so they’ve been on me for a while."

Now that Mitchell is down to a working list he's planning to take some college visits. Mitchell will visit Villanova unofficially on Aug. 4.

“As soon as they offered they were talking about me coming to visit,” Mitchell said. “My mom realized that Philly was only two hours away so we wanted to do that. They talked to me about being an impact guy and a key guy to their team and a guy that could give solid minutes. That’s very appealing to me.”

Mitchell will then take an official visit to Louisville on Aug. 7.

“They have just been so persistent,” Mitchell said of the Cardinals. “They always tell me, like Villanova, that I could be one of their impact guys right away. They are losing a bunch of guys this season and next season. I would have a chance to start and be a leader on their team. Hopefully if I were to go there I’d be able to showcase my game and do it on national schedule.”

Mitchell was also adamant about wanting to set visit dates to Florida State and Indiana in the near future. He said he was trying to decide if he wanted to visit Indiana in August or September.

As for the Tar Heels, UNC assistant coach C.B. McGrath watched Mitchell in Las Vegas last week, and immediately texted Mitchell and contacted Mitchell's coach at Brewster to convey interest.

McGrath followed that up with a call to Mitchell on Wednesday night.

"They were just asking me if I was willing to take things slowly because Coach Williams hasn’t seen me play," Mitchell said. "I was understanding of that and them doing it the old fashioned way.

"I would say they hinted towards [an offer], but not offer yet until Coach Williams comes to see me play.

The first opportunity for Williams to watch Mitchell will be in an open gym setting in September.

Mitchell grew up a big Tar Heel fan.

"I was watching them my entire life," he said. "I guess you could call them my dream school. Growing up I used to watch them and I was in love with UNC. But getting to this stage, I realize I have to shy away with it. So now I’m neutral with everything. Back when I was younger I liked UNC, but now I'm looking for what is best for me." Evaluation: Donovan Mitchell
by Rob Harrington

"The Summer of Mitchell rages unabated and is burning with the heat of a thousand Vegas afternoons. Mitchell's body, specifically his powerful shoulders, long arms and huge hands, looks like it's nearly ready for the NBA. He isn't as tall but brings a physical presence to the court reminiscent of Marcus Smart. Like Smart, Mitchell shoots a slightly rigid jump shot, but his form and release look somewhat better. He isn't just strong, he knows how to maximize his power. On one play during a Thursday contest, Mitchell got ahead on the break with a defender running stride for stride. He hip checked his opponent and used the force to bounce back directly into a jump stop and a monster slam that woke up the gym. He doesn't boast a great straight-up vertical but jumps quite well with a running start and also possesses good speed. In terms of skills, Mitchell brings solid passing and excellent defense in addition to his scoring talents. Look for him to burst into five star territory in our next rankings."

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