"It wasn't really about getting closer to home, it was more about the school," said Mitchell. "I wasn't sure that this was the right place for me."
The 6-foot-3, 186-pounder played in 31 games as a true freshman, averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 assists in 20 minutes per game. He shot 36.6% from the field and 71.5% from the free throw line, and his passing ability was easily his best trait.
"I have a good ability to create for others," he said. "I can get in the lane... get by my defender. I can get open opportunities for me and my teammates. That's the big part of my game."
The Waxhaw (NC) native originally signed with Wake Forest out of high school but was released from his letter of intent after the Demon Deacons made a coaching change. At that point he considered several schools, including NC State, before signing with Vanderbilt.
Four schools are now in the picture for Mitchell.
"It's a deal where once the release happens the school has to contact my current coaching staff and ask for permission," he said. "[Vanderbilt is] open to anyone outside of the SEC, but the teams that have received permission are ECU, Clemson, NC State, and Charlotte. To be honest with you, those are the only ones right now."
Mitchell must sit out the 2015-2016 season and will have three years of eligibility remaining. NC State assistant Bobby Lutz originally recruited him and has been in contact.
"The feedback from NC State has been positive," he said. "I think they understand that the first time there were rumors I'd have to sit out a year and lose another year of eligibility if I went to another ACC school. That was something I didn't want to deal with.
"Overall though, the feedback from NC State has been positive... just like the other schools."
Mitchell attended Oak Hill Academy as a senior with NC State's Caleb and Cody Martin, and he has remained in contact with the twin brothers.
"We stayed in contact the whole year," he said. "We went to Oak Hill together and were with each other everyday for a year so we've all stayed in contact throughout the season, at least once every couple of weeks, just talking... checking in on them."
So far, he has set up a visit to Clemson that is scheduled for this Friday. He plans on taking other visits before making a decision.
"I haven't set up any more than that one. I have a week and a half left in school and I want to finish strong and make sure my grades are okay.
"It's still early, even too early to have a leader. My visits are now starting and that's when things will start heating up."
What will Mitchell be looking for in a school?
"I'm looking for a school that plays my style," he said. "I want to play fast.. be able to get up and down. I want to go to a place where the players have freedom to be themselves.
"The biggest thing will be the fit. I want to be at a place where I can call home. I want to fit on the basketball team, academically and in the school... basically a place I can call home."