One day after losing true freshman Austin Grandstaff to a transfer, Ohio State gained one back when Mickey Mitchell was declared eligible.
“Ohio State freshman forward Mickey Mitchell has been declared eligible by the NCAA Eligibility Center and will be available to play Saturday vs. Kentucky in New York,” Gene Smith, Ohio State vice president and director of athletics, said in a release. “The efforts of the NCAA staff to bring this to closure is greatly appreciated.”
Mitchell was a four-star prospect out of Plano (Texas) West who was the No. 21 power forward in the class of 2015.
Head coach Thad Matta is confident that Mitchell will be able to contribute for his young team. The coach has said this season that the forward is an elite passer who can take someof the pressure to make plays off of his point guards.
“He’s a pretty dynamic player because he plays like he’s 35 years old just in terms of how he sees things and the pace that he plays at,” Matta said. “He’s an unbelievable passer and honestly one of the toughest kids I’ve ever coached. Never backs down from anything. We could use a little bit of that.”