Roy Williams Visits Mitchell

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina's staff has made it clear that an early goal for the 2014 class is to include a point guard.

UNC has offered two points – Tyus Jones and Joel Berry – while showing serious interest in Shelton Mitchell.

Other colleges have told Mitchell he's their No. 1 target at point guard in the junior class.

The lack of an offer coupled with being the No. 1 guy from some schools hasn't diminished UNC's chances with the 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard.

"That doesn't really affect me a lot," said Mitchell. "A lot of colleges can say that I'm their guy, but when you get on campus who knows what could happen. I don't really get involved in all that, I'd rather have a coach be genuine with me and tell me the truth and tell me I have to work for it because nothing is going to be handed to me."

"I don't really care about what they say. It's about what school is going to fit the best and what school I'm going to be able to come in and have an impact at. That's where I'm going to."

Mitchell and Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson had an easy 79-46 win over Davidson Day on the first day of the Charlotte Hoops Challenge. Davidson Day featured Justin Jordan, the nephew of Michael Jordan.

Unofficially, Mitchell had 18 points, five rebounds and three assists. He followed that with a 30-point outing on Day 2 against North Rowan.

It was the start of a long road for Mitchell and his teammates, one they hope ends in a state title. Last year, Cuthbertson lost to Kinston in the state 2-A championship game in March.

"My dad and all the coaches told me the point guard has to be the coach on the floor," said Mitchell. "I'm trying to be more vocal and talk a lot more, just be a positive leader. I think if I can do that, I can help us get back to the championship game and win it this year."

Roy Williams saw Mitchell's leadership on display about 10 days ago when he traveled to Waxhaw to watch Cuthbertson practice.

"He basically just came into practice to see how I work, see how I operate and see how I run my team," said Mitchell. "That was important because he hasn't really seen me that much, just a couple of times during the summer."

Mitchell said he talks to Williams about once per month, but talks and texts with assistant coach C.B. McGrath regularly. During the conversations, Williams and McGrath have shared their vision of how Mitchell fits in with freshman point guard Marcus Paige and 2013 signee Nate Britt.

"He tells me that I have potential to be a really good player," Mitchell said. "He tells me that even though they'll already have two point guards there, that he still wants to recruit me. He thinks I can fit in because I'm bigger than both of them and that when he was at Kansas he started three point guards.

"Basically, he's saying that just because they have two point guards coming in, that doesn't mean that I can't come in and play. Nothing is going to be handed to anyone, we're all going to have to come in and work and I'm fine with that."

Mitchell has offers from Missouri, Miami, Illinois, Wake Forest, Tennessee, South Carolina and Clemson. He's receiving varying degrees of interest from Texas, Stanford, Ohio State, Duke, North Carolina and Washington.

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