The 2019 class is when Iowa is going to do the most damage on the recruiting trail. They'll lose four players, assuming no attrition occurs, and are in on some big time guys early on. We've heard names like Trendon Watford, Tyger Campbell, and Patrick McCaffery, but there is another name to look for.
It's Gahanna, OH native, Jordan Mitchell.
Mitchell is taking on a much bigger role in his sophomore season, mostly because he played with current Michigan State Spartan, Nick Ward, his freshman year. Those are big shoes to fill, but Mitchell is producing.
"Before the season started, I was a bit hesitant to take on the lead role. But throughout the season I've been getting more comfortable having all the pressure put on me," he admitted about taking on such a huge role in jus his sophomore season.
"I don't know for a fact what I am averaging, but I am definitely filling the stat sheet up," he said confidently.
At 6'7" and 185 pounds, Mitchell is tough to guard. He's got the ability to get to the rim whenever he wants and his ability to finish is off the charts for someone his age. He's so long that he's disruptive on defense and is able to rise over defenders on the offensive side of the ball. Throw in the fact that he can shoot the three, and you have yourself a pretty complete wing player.
Right now, he has offers from Florida, Xavier, Iowa, and Ohio State, but is hearing from schools like Kansas, Kentucky, Virginia, and Purdue, among others.
"I hear from Ohio State and Xavier the most, but all the schools have the same affect on me," he admitted about the early buzz surrounding his recruitment.
Head coach, Fran McCaffery, was down to see Jordan this past fall.
"He [Coach McCaffery] said he really loved my game. They followed me during the AAU circuit and really loved what they saw. He talked to me about how I'd fit into their system," Mitchell said about his conversation with Iowa's head ball coach.
"I've seen Iowa play a few times on TV and I really like the way they play," he admitted about the Hawkeyes.
Mitchell has visited both Ohio State and Indiana and really enjoyed both the visits. He does hope to get to Iowa City soon, too.
"I haven't really heard from Iowa since the fall, but I do hope to visit there," he said.
Mitchell would be a big piece in a crucial 2019 class for the Hawkeyes.null