On Sunday, Wake Forest landed a commitment from 6-foot-8, 200-pound Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan forward Donovan Mitchell.
The 2016 prospect has long been somewhat of a sleeper on the West Coast and gives Danny Manning a player who needs strength, but has the upside to help him down the road.
Mitchell measured very well at the recent Under Armour All-American Camp, coming away at 6-foot-7 without shoes, a 7-foot-4 wingspan, an 8’9” reach, a 26.9” no step vertical and 29.0” max vertical.
Mitchell's father is 6-foot-7 and played basketball for over a decade professionally, while his mother is over 6-feet and played professional volleyball. Given those genes, Mitchell’s baby face and length, it’s possible he’s not finished growing.
The rising senior has narrow shoulders so putting on strength could come slowly, but his long arms help him play taller than his already formidable size and he has a solid athletic base, as he’s a very bouncy player, which should only improve with muscle.
As an underclassman, Mitchell was a successful volleyball player who split time between that sport and basketball. Eventually, Mitchell decided to drop volleyball for basketball, which over the last year he was really focused on for the first time.
Mitchell typically plays pretty hard, moves his feet well for a kid his size who is potentially still growing, is active on defense and uses his quick hands and anticipation to come up with steals, rebounds really well in and outside his area, blocks shots and scores both in the post and facing the basket.
He understands the game, is a very sharp passer and typically exhibits a very high basketball IQ. Mitchell is a respectable shooter and can knock in jumpers from both distance and midrange. He's slowly added to his scoring arsenal and has a fade-away midrange jumper and turn around right hook.
Mitchell is still inconsistent but his lack of strength and the fact that he’s late to focus on basketball likely has something to do with that.
He needs time, but with strength and development, could be a factor at Wake Forest.