Mitchell to Visit UK in Spring?

Squaring off with Rice and Curtis Kelly on Sunday at the Super Six Invitational at Madison Square Garden, <B>Jon Mitchell</B> and his Mount Vernon teammates knew they had a formidable challenge in front of them. While Rice took this round, 64-55, the 6-foot-7 235 pound power forward showed his resiliency against a difficult opponent.

Jonathan Mitchell scored 17 points on 8-for-20 shooting, to go along with 10 rebounds (seven on the offensive glass) in the loss on Sunday. His match-up with Kelly was an interesting subplot in a game that pitted two nationally ranked teams against one another.

In typical workman-like fashion, Mitchell accumulated many of his points in close, using his toughness and strength to bull his way around the paint. At times, he struggled to match Kelly's quickness when the two matched up, particularly in situations where he tried to put the ball on the floor and drive by him, but he gave an honest effort on both ends on this day.

Mitchell continues to expand and hone his game, and is pretty dangerous from around 16 feet on in. He uses the window with aplomb, has good footwork and quick feet, and is a handful on the low block with his strength. The lefty is physical, hits the glass hard, and a willing defender in the post. He has great hands and good foot speed for a big guy.

College coaches at the highest level like this package of skills, and what the junior might become at the next level.

"The schools that are interested are Florida, Marquette, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, Miami, Kansas, Kentucky, and Georgia Tech," said Mitchell. "All of them have offered except Georgia Tech."

Mitchell will likely set up a couple of trips in the spring.

"I don't know where I want to visit yet, but I want to take them in April," said Mitchell.

Jon recently reached the 1,000 point mark faster than any player in Mount Vernon history. This is no small accomplishment, considering the program's tradition, and the number of Division I players who have passed through, including a couple of pros.

"It's a great accomplishment because very few players have (scored 1,000 points)," said Mitchell.

Jon starred with the Metro Hawks on the AAU circuit last summer, and turned in a solid performance at the Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis last July. The strong-bodied workhorse is one of New York's best in the class of 2006.

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