I'll take a look at each school on the list and try to break them all down. This is Part 1 of this feature where I'll tackle 5 of the schools on the list:
Note: All scholarship numbers are courtesy of VerbalCommits.com.
Scholarships open: 3
North Carolina is the only school on the top 10 list that hasn't officially offered Mitchell a scholarship. Apparently they have been trying to establish a relationship but haven't offered yet because Roy Williams hasn't seen Mitchell in person yet. To me that sounds a little crazy. If you couldn't get to a single game during the 4 live periods from April through July how much do you really care about a kid? But it's still UNC and Mitchell liked the Tar Heels growing up though he claims that has nothing to do with why they made the cut.
Scholarships open: 7
The new coaching staff, headed by former Ohio University coach Jim Christian, has been relentless on the recruiting trail this offseason. With 7 scholarships open and the need for a large talent upgrade after the Ivy league-esque recruiting by fired coach Steve Donahue, this new staff on Chestnut Hill has their work cut out. Landing Mitchell would be a massive brick in the rebuilding process as he has the ability to carry a rebuilding team for a few years until they are ready to be legit contenders. The question is, does Mitchell want to be at the ground floor of a rebuild with the chance it never happens? Or does he want a more established program with an immediate chance to win and be in the NCAA tournament?
Scholarships open: 1
Kansas seemingly came out of nowhere to offer just this week but Mitchell made it clear they have been on him longer than we may have known as he has known Norm Roberts since the St. John's days when Mitchell played ball with Roberts' son. Kansas was also all over Mitchell's former Brewster teammate Devonte Graham so they were able to keep tabs. It's hard to compete against Kansas as PC found out with Graham but they have a lot of guards on the roster the next couple of years and Bill Self hasn't had any problem sitting highly touted guards for a year or more before giving them their chance.
Scholarships open: 0
While officially the Cardinals have no more scholarships for 2015, it's widely expected that junior Montrezl Harrell will be playing professionally after this season. Rick Pitino has been all over Mitchell during the July live periods and seems to really want him bad. However, with the lack of open 'ships and Louisville being highly involved with a few other guards like Prince Ali and Antonio Blakeney, Mitchell may not have a chair to sit in at Louisville when the music stops if one of those other guys pops first. Mitchell will be taking an official visit to Louisville on August 7th and 8th.
Scholarships open: 3
Villanova is intriguing because they have a reputation under Jay Wright of producing NBA guards and playing guard-centric basketball. Being a mere two hours from Mitchell's home in Elmhurt, NY would also seem to be a positive. On the downside, Villanova has 4 star recruit Phil Booth coming in this season and 4 star recruit Donte Divincenzo already committed in the class of 2015. They are also involved with a number of other highly ranked guards in 2015 like Allonzo Trier and Jalen Brunson. Mitchell will visit Villanova unofficially on August 4th.
So that's Part 1 of breaking down Donovan Mitchell's top 10 schools. Stay tuned as I take a stab at breaking down the other 5 teams, including Providence, in Part 2 of this feature.
Mitchell's Choice Part 1
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