UNC Watching Mitchell

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – The comparisons don't bother Shelton Mitchell.

A 6-foot-2, 180-pound lefty point guard, Mitchell's on-the-court demeanor, passing acumen and craftiness have many invoking memories of former UNC point guard Kendall Marshall.

"We're not the fastest guys, but we get to where we want to go," Mitchell said of the comparison. "I like Kendall Marshall, I watch him a lot – how he uses his body and controls the team. I think the comparison is fair."

Like Marshall, Mitchell thrives when his CP3 All-Stars 16U team is able to get out in the open court. He uses change of speed and strength to overcome his lack of quickness and values the right decision over the flashy one.

The rising junior also said he's become better at learning when to be a facilitator, and when to aggressively look for his shot.

"I think it's a natural thing," Mitchell said. "Most of the time if my teammates are scoring and they're hot, I don't worry about scoring. But, If we need scoring that's when I try to attack and see what's best for me and the team."

At the EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam this week, Mitchell has drawn a large group of coaches, including UNC head coach Roy Williams on Wednesday, and assistant C.B. McGrath on Thursday.

"It's cool just knowing I'm getting some exposure and my hard work is paying off," said Mitchell of coaches in attendance. "I'll hopefully just keep working hard so they can keep on coming."

After a breakout performance at the Nike Elite 100, Mitchell started hearing from the UNC coaching staff during the open contact period in June. He received a call from McGrath who told him UNC would continue watching him the rest of the summer.

"They've had point guards like me," Mitchell explained. "They have point guards that like to get everybody involved and control the tempo. They're a winning program and that's important to me… I hate to lose."

Following AAU season, in August, Mitchell – a native of Oregon but resident of Waxhaw, N.C. – plans to visit UNC and Duke, as well as Memphis and Missouri.

He has offers from Wake Forest, Memphis, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson, Mississippi State, UNC-Charlotte and Missouri.

A decision is far off for the class of 2014 guard, but he knows what he's looking for in his future college home.

"Education, the school, the coaching," he said. "How he lets the players play and lets them get up and down. Basically, if I have trust with the coach and I feel that's the right school for me and he can lead me in the right direction besides basketball, that's where I'll go."

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