2005 Focus: Tasmin Mitchell

The number one player in the land has been said to be a lock to head to nearby LSU, but Tasmin Mitchell says that's not necessarily the case. Take a look at the "other" two schools that are high on his list.

His good friend, Glen "Big Baby" Davis, committed there and his godfather, Butch Pierre, is an assistant coach so it's only natural that nearly everyone already has Tasmin Mitchell (No. 1, TheInsiders.com) pegged for LSU.

However, the 6-7 ½, 235-pound junior forward says not so fast.

``I want to let people know they're wrong," Mitchell said in a rare interview. "I'm not obligated to no LSU. I like a lot more schools."

Such as Kentucky and North Carolina.

``I like Roy Williams," Mitchell said. "They send me a whole bunch of letters and are interested, but just haven't come down to see me yet."

While Williams and the staff failed to make a stop at Denham Springs (La.), Kentucky head man Tubby Smith did get down to Mitchell's high school for a workout last month. ``I like Roy a lot as a coach, though," he added. "I like how he handles his players. He and Tubby. I love him, too."

Other than those three schools, Mitchell also mentions Louisville, UCLA, Oklahoma, Texas and Wake Forest. But it's clear that LSU, Kentucky and UNC comprise his top trio. And it's very clear that the Tigers will be the team to beat – just as they were with Davis – in the end.

Mitchell said that while he was happy with his personal performances this past summer, he wasn't satisfied because his New Orleans Jazz team wasn't able to win a tournament title.

He considers it an honor to be the No. 1 player in his class.

``It's a privilege to know that all my hard work has paid off," Mitchell said. "But I'm not getting a big head and am just continuing to work hard every day. I want to keep the number one spot, play in the McDonald's All-American Game and go to the next level."

In order to do that, Mitchell knows he still needs to work on his game. He wants to improve his jumping ability and his ballhandling to become an even more complete player than he already has become.

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