Mitchell Taking Time

Donovan Mitchell could rest with the impressive list of scholarship offers in hand. The New York City guard prefers to push forward to maximum potential.

On the court, Donovan Mitchell plays above the rim. He's grounded when it comes to recruiting.

The high-flying guard from Brewster Academy reports an impressive list of scholarship offers. He's pleased but not satisfied. He strives for perfection.

"I have to improve my jump shot," the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Mitchell said.

If you need to knock an area of his game, you could pick a nit there. Mitchell excels at getting to the basket and finishing through contact. His lateral quickness allows him to lock down on the ball defensively.

Creighton, Boston College, Marquette, Providence, Iowa, Cincinnati, UConn, Florida, Seton Hall, St. Johns and Fordham have extended scholarship offers to the native of New York City, he said. Xavier and Kansas have been showing him a lot of interest, he added.  

"I am looking for a school where not only can I have a great basketball career but a great academic career," said Mitchell, who is interested in studying communications.

Mitchell, who runs AAU with The City, would like to visit as many of the schools that have offered him scholarships as possible. He has a feel for Boston College, Providence, Florida, UConn and Maryland after already having stopped at those campuses.

Iowa is a school working hard to land Mitchell. He offers a skill set and athleticism that could bolster the Hawkeye line-up.

"I speak to Coach (Andrew) Francis a lot. I have a very good relationship with him and the coaching staff," Mitchell said.

Francis grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Lincoln High. He played for Sidney Green at Long Island University - Southampton. It's helped him connect with Mitchell.

"I like Iowa, not only as a program, but I would definitely fit in there and excel," Mitchell said. "I also would fit very well with their style of play, in my opinion."

The Hawkeyes have received one verbal commitment in the Class of 2015. Chicago's Brandon Hutton pledged to them last month.

Iowa could offer three more scholarships in that group if it doesn't land any more players in the '14 cycle. Junior College power forward Willie Atwood holds an offer and officially visited the school last week. A transfer also might be a possibility, head coach Fran McCaffery has said.

Members of the '15 Class can begin signing national letters of intent in November.


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