Get a closer look at Carolina's hoops targets by reading straight from the notebook of <i>Inside Carolina</i> recruiting analyst Clint Jackson. In this edition - 2005 forward Tasmin Mitchell.
Denham Springs (La.) HS
I am a fan of kids that play hard -- and that's why I love Tasmin Mitchell. This 6-7 finely-tuned youngster has a motor and he exerts effort on the floor like any coach would love. Even at the age of 15 -- Tasmin had the body of a 21-year-old. This aggressive combo forward likes to operate around the basket where he uses his strength and explosiveness to finish plays. He'll tear down the rims on the break and draw the foul in a crowded lane.
Mitchell is a first class athlete with a nice work ethic. You won't catch him loafing or coasting and he loves to work the offensive glass for rebounds. He's got quick feet to go along with his overall body strength and that helps him defend the wing forwards on the perimeter.
Not a great ball-handler just yet. But Tasmin knows how to compensate for his lack of elite dribbles using his physique. His offensive package includes some very nice spin moves -- going both right and left -- as well as a respectable mid-range game. He outworks the opposition and finds ways to score, much like Texas forward PJ Tucker.
Tasmin Mitchell is being regarded by some as the No. 1 player in his class. And we agree that he probably is at the current time because he's just so physically advanced for his age. But the thing you have to love about his game is that the NBA guys will likely stay away due to his lack of size (height) and the fact that his ceiling as a basketball player isn't as high as kids like Dwight Howard, Kwame Brown or Josh Smith. But make no mistake about it -- Tasmin Mitchell is a warrior. An aggressive athletic warrior who leaves it all on the court. He's a coachable kid who plays with passion and finds a way to score no matter who's defending him.
"It's a privilege to know that all my hard work has paid off. But I'm not getting a big head and am just continuing to work hard every day. I want to keep the No. 1 spot, play in the McDonald's All-American Game and go to the next level." -- Tasmin Mitchell
For the latest on Mitchell, as well as extensive archived info, check out IC's Tasmin Mitchell profile.