Colorado State added another talented guard to their 2017-2018 roster on Tuesday when South Plains College (Tex.) combo guard Raquan Mitchell verbally committed to Larry Eustachy and the Rams. Mitchell told Inside the Rams going into his trip there was a “70, 80 percent” chance he would commit to the Rams.
His relationships with Eustachy and assistant Jase Herl, who coached Mitchell at South Plains last year, played the biggest role in his decision to pledge to the Green and Gold. The visit, Mitchell added, was the final piece in assuring him Fort Collins was where he wanted to be.
“My relationship with the coaches,” Mitchell said on what sold him on committing. “(The visit) went great. I had a chance to talk to all the players, meet all the coaches. We went out to eat. I spent a lot of time with the head coach, like, a lot of time. Then I also spent time with the assistant coach and a couple of players.”
Mitchell also watched new CSU wing Che Bob shoot around at CSU's gym. Bob spent last season as a teammate of Mitchell's at SPC. Certainly, CSU's connections to and history of recruiting SPC, which includes former Ram Stanton Kidd, played roles in his recruitment.
Rams senior guard Gian Clavell served as Mitchell's player-host. Mitchell said a highlight of the trip was conversing with Eustachy.
“Really, we just talked at his condo. We were having a good time, just talking,” Mitchell said. “He really didn't talk about basketball that much. It was just talk about life.”
In Mitchell, the Rams are getting a talented scorer and offensive creator. CSU told Mitchell they envision him playing a role similar to Clavell, where he can bring the ball up the court and facilitate, or play the two, come off screens and shoot, or create his own shots off the dribble.
Essentially, CSU wants him to come in and make plays. The Rams already have a boatload of backcourt talent returning after the upcoming season, but Mitchell's talent was too hard to pass up.
“(Eustachy) told me I'm going to be a big part of the offense. On offense, it's like freelance. We'll move the ball, use pick-and-rolls like a professional offense, kind of like Golden State or the Spurs, something like that. Our offense is going to score a lot. There are great guys that can pass.”
Mitchell is solid in his commitment, yet said he may take other official visits. He will sign with the Rams for the early signing period, which begins on November 9.
“As of right now, I'm probably going to shut it down,” Mitchell said of his recruitment.
The 6-foot-2 guard joined South Plains last winter after signing with Memphis. Mitchell did not play for the Tigers as a true freshman, so he joined SPC with hopes of rejoining a different Division I program following a year in Levelland, Texas.
Also a Texas A&M commitment at one point coming out of high school from Miami (Fla.) Southridge, Mitchell holds offers from CSU, FIU, Florida State, La Salle, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M, UCF, and Western Kentucky.