Kentucky Not Giving Up on Taz

Tubby and his staff have extended offers to two players in the class of 2005; one is the current number one player and the other is the former. Get the latest on Louisiana prospect Tasmin Mitchell, who continues to have the Cats atop his list with the Tigers.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Tasmin Mitchell goes through summer games with a workmanlike precision.

The 6-5 combo/power forward from Denham Springs H.S. in Louisiana helped the New Orleans Jazz to a pair of pool play victories on Wednesday and a perfect 3-0 mark here thus far at the Best of the Summer.

In a morning victory over the Pump N Run sophomores, Mitchell poured in 18 points. Later in the day, in a victory over Belmont Shore North, Mitchell added 14 more.

Kentucky and Louisiana State continue to battle for Mitchell's services this summer. LSU Head Coach John Brady and Kentucky Asst. Coach Scott Rigot were spotted at Mitchell's games on Wednesday at the Best of the Summer.

"It's still LSU and Kentucky," Mitchell said. "I will take some visits during the basketball season, but then I will wait to make a decision after the season," he said.

Mitchell has enjoyed a consistent summer, doing a lot of the little things to help his team win games. He's an underrated passer who uses his sturdy frame well in the paint, yet he's versatile enough to knock down open jumpers from the perimeter.

"Kentucky's got a better chance then everyone is leading on," Mitchell told Inside Kentucky in July. "They been there from the start and they've recruited me as hard as anyone and that means a lot."

"Tubby is such a wonderful man and a great coach. He's all about discipline and he does a great job of getting guys to the next level."

"I won't forget that when decision time comes."

A tighter handle and defensive concerns may be the issues that preclude Mitchell from ever making the transition to the three slot, but wherever you play him, Mitchell gives an honest effort and gets things done.

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