2012 Intro: Charles Mitchell

Charles Mitchell knows that he has some huge shoes to fill at Marietta (GA) Wheeler High School.

Charles Mitchell knows that he has some huge shoes to fill at Marietta (GA) Wheeler High School.

In recent years the school has produced top big men such as J.J. Hickson and Richard Howell, and Mitchell, just a rising junior, has a chance to attend high-major programs just like the duo before him.

"Every time I'm around them I always listen to to what they have to say," he said. "Playing with Richard my freshman year was a great experience for me. He's taught me so much about how to use my footwork, how to play tough... make plays. That built my confidence and helped realize how a big man is supposed to play."

Mitchell says that he averaged 10 points and seven boards as a sophomore.

"I played my role as the big man," he said. "I rebounded the ball and helped my team and made plays when they needed me to. I was a part of our success and we won games, but it wasn't what we wanted overall."

Checking in at 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, Mitchell is one of the top power forwards in the 2012 class. After a solid showing at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, he was even better at the recent Pangos All-American Camp.

"An animal in the post, Mitchell went to work in the paint," wrote Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels during Pangos. "A physical post prospect, Mitchell was active on both ends grabbing any and every rebound in his area. Offensively he makes quick and aggressive moves toward the basket. He uses his strength to score through the opposition, but also showed ball fakes, jump hooks and face up jumpers."

"I try to play my role at whichever camp I'm at or whatever team I'm on," said Mitchell. "If I do that it can help us win games."

Colleges have taken notice. Mitchell is hearing from Clemson, Auburn, Georgia Tech, NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, FSU, Georgia, and West Virginia. He already claims offers from NC State, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Georgia.

"I've always liked the ACC and SEC schools," he stated. "I'm wide open with recruiting. I don't really have a set leader but it would have to be between NC State, Virginia Tech, and Auburn."

Mitchell admits that he's extremely familiar with NC State. The Wolfpack signed both Hickson and Howell out of Wheeler and has actively recruited prospects off his AAU team, the Worldwide Renegades. NC State assistant Larry Harris is handling Mitchell's recruitment and he was vital in the Pack landing Hickson and Howell.

"I'm very fond of NC State," said Mitchell. "I've met most of the coaches up there and really like them. Every time the coaches came to see Richard they had a chance to watch me too. It was a good experience getting to know the coaches even before they started recruiting me."

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