From the get-go, there has been no doubt about how important a recruit Mitchell is to Ed Cooley and the Friars. When Mitchell visited the campus for the Elite Camp last August, he was the lone underclassman to play on the team that consisted of Paschal Chukwu, Abdul-Malik Abu, Jared Terrell and Kaleb Joseph. ScoutFriars caught up with Donovan to talk about his visit, his recruitment, and his game.
ScoutFriars: So, how did your visit to Providence go today?
Mitchell: It went very well, I think.
ScoutFriars: What did you do on the visit - meet with the coaches, players ... tour the campus?
Mitchell: I met with the AD, the coaches, and staff.
ScoutFriars: What do you like most about PC that has made you interested in them?
Mitchell: The relationship I have with the coaching staff.
ScoutFriars: I know the coaches have been recruiting you for a long time and made you a priority. Will that play a big role in your decision?
Mitchell: That definitely will be a big role. Trying to evaluate that throughout every school.
ScoutFriars: What size school do you prefer - small, large, or it doesn't really matter?
Mitchell: Generally a large school.
ScoutFriars: What part of your game are you working on right now?
Mitchell: I am working on my ball handling the most.
ScoutFriars: What events will you play in this summer?
Mitchell: I will be in Philly, Atlanta, and Vegas.
ScoutFriars: As you visit schools multiple times, like you have with PC, what are the different things that you look for?
Mitchell: I'm just trying to get a feel of the school itself outside of basketball.
ScoutFriars: Who do you model your game after?
Mitchell: Russell Westbrook or Dwayne Wade.
ScoutFriars: Is distance from home a factor at all in your decision?
Mitchell: Distance from home doesn't matter to me in my decision as long as I can play.
ScoutFriars: I know you had previously said you may decide in September, but more recently that it might get pushed back. Is that still the case?
Mitchell: Yes, I won't be deciding in September.
2014 Recruit Updates:
Armel Potter: 6'1" PG from Sprayberry HS (GA). ScoutFriars spoke to a source close to Potter who indicates no visit has been scheduled to PC at this point.
Tramaine Isabell: 6'1" PG, Washington St de-commit, committed to Missouri early last week. PC had been listed in his top 2.
Ricky Council: 6'4" SG from Northern HS (NC). Spoke to a source close to Council that believes PC is recruiting him, but he may prefer a school closer to home.
2015 Recruit Updates:
Steve Enoch: 6'9" power forward from Norwalk High (Conn) visited PC on Saturday 6/28 and received an offer according to @VerbalCommits. Also reportedly visited UConn, URI, and Boston College.
Tyler Cavanaugh: 6'9" Wake Forest power forward is transferring for his last 2 years of eligibility. He visited George Washington and Dayton in the past week, and reportedly visiting Butler also. PC was among the schools to contact him, but don't appear to be in the mix.
Derrick Jones: 6'6" small forward from Archbishop Carroll HS (PA), ranked top 50 nationally. PC is now recruiting Jones according to Adam Zagoria. He was expected to visit UConn on Monday 6/30, with Louisville, Kentucky and Syracuse also among those in the mix.
C.J. Keyser: 6'4" SG from Patterson Mill (MD), visited PC and URI last week.
Jalen Coleman: 6'3" SG from LaLumiere School (IN), ranked top 50 nationally, cut his list to Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, NC State, Notre Dame, and UNLV. He had reportedly been offered by PC.
Isaiah Briscoe: 6'3" PG from Roselle Catholic (NJ). The 5 star prospect cut his list to 7 – Louisville, UConn, Villanova, Arizona, Rutgers, St. John's and Seton Hall.
Ernest Aflakpui: 6'9" center from Archbishop Carroll HS (PA) visited PC and URI Sunday 6/29, following Seton Hall and George Washington last week.
Alex Illikainen: 6'9" forward, who is transferring to play at Brewster Academy this year, reportedly took an unofficial visit to Minnesota on Monday 6/30. PC is among those recruiting Alex the hardest.
Terance Mann: 6'5" SG/SF from the Tilton School (NH), rescheduled his visit to PC from June 30 to August 1, due to his traveling from the Kevin Durant Camp.
Recruiting Wrap: Donovan Mitchell
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