UK, Tubby eyes New York Forward Mitchell

The Kentucky staff already knows quite a bit about Jonathan Mitchell, a bouncy 6-foot-7 athlete from Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, New York.

This is probably because Mitchell isn't a newcomer to this sneaker camp thing. Mitchell has been around the past couple of years making defenders miserable with his moves to the basket.

Mitchell, a 239-pound power forward/small forward, put together a solid week of play at the NIKE camp in Indianapolis against top competition, upholding his reputation as a future high major player. He played on a talented team that included 6-foot-9 Eric Boateng, 6-foot-8 Julian Wright, and 6-foot-7 Chris Roquemore, and provided a nice complement to that group.

Mitchell was very effective scoring 10-12 feet from the hoop and in. The lefty is crafty in close, and consistently knocked down the mid-range jumper all week. What he gave up in height he made up for with guile, like when he dropped a baby hook over a 6-foot-9 defender early on in the camp.

There were times that he got into trouble while putting it on the floor, but his ballhandling continues to come along, and he's got very good foot speed for a player of his size. He's not a great athlete, but his game continues to progress. He's got a sturdy frame on him and can body up with most anybody.

Jon has received interest from many high major conferences. St. John's, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Seton Hall, Notre Dame, Duke, Kansas, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, and Marquette are already involved seriously in his recruiting process and have been mentioned by Mitchell and the Mount Vernon coaching staff as schools of interest. But it might be too early to pin anyone down for a short list.

Mitchell was one of the lynchpins in Mount Vernon's State Championship run in Class AA, New York's most competitive class. Mitchell, point guard Mike Coburn, and guard Chris Lowe will all return from last year's group.

Mitchell will travel with the Metro Hawks this summer. Next stop for the Metro Hawks is the Peach Jam in South Carolina, followed by the Main Event in Las Vegas. We will have a report on Mitchell from the Peach Jam on Inside Kentucky later in the month.

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