Alvin Mitchell: FL SF Holds a Rutgers Offer

The newest name on the Rutgers basketball radar is Alvin Mitchell, a small forward out of Cardinal Gibbons HS in Florida. After an impressive showing this summer, Mitchell's stock is on the rise. He now has offers from schools across the country including Rutgers. Find out what he had to say about his Scarlet Knights offer and the recruiting process.

Considered to be late bloomer by many recruiting analysts, Alvin Mitchell really took advantage of the summer season to increase his stock. Showcasing his talent at the Breakdown Hoops Festival in nearby Miami and at the Reebok Big Time tournament out in Las Vegas, Mitchell emerged this summer as one of the top Class of 2007 prospects in the nation. Once a "sleeper prospect", Alvin is now the 26th ranked small forward in this year's recruiting class.

While his performances may have come as a surprise to many, Mitchell knew he could compete with the nation's best. He believed it was just a matter out going out there and proving his abilities.

"I came into the summer session like I had something to prove," he said. "I wanted to show everybody that I'm as good as a lot of the top players who committed early. There was some great competition and I took the chance to shine."

At 6-5, 210 pounds, Mitchell has good size at the small forward position and can do a number of things on the court. The well-built high school senior has solid three-point stroke and plays with intensity. "I can shoot the three pointer very well," the Floridian commented. "I'm 6-5, 210 so I can get to the basket fairly easy and can get down the floor and play defense also. I'm a tough nosed player and I just want to get after it."

It was at the Breakdown Hoops Festival in Miami where Mitchell scored a game-high 26 points on 9 of 16 shooting and first attracted the attention of the Rutgers coaching staff.

"I was at the Breakdown Hoops Festival and [the Rutgers coaches] saw me play against a couple of great guards and a couple of big man and they told me they liked my game," Alvin told "I guess I showed them I could play and they called me and offered me a scholarship."

Mitchell admits that he does not know much about the Scarlet Knights' program, but says that he has heard a lot good things about the school from his support staff: "I heard about Rutgers from my college counselor and a couple of my basketball coaches told me it was a good college and I'm interested in what the Rutgers coaches have to say."

In addition to his scholarship offer from Rutgers, Mitchell also claims offers from Pittsburgh, St. Johns, Virginia Tech, Miami, Virginia Commonwealth, Missouri as well as a couple other schools.

At this point, Mitchell is no hurry to make a decision and remains open. Alvin has no favorites and is shopping around for a school he feels is the "best fit". He plans on taking visits beginning in September and start narrowing down his list then. In terms of which schools he wants to visit, Alvin is planning a trip to Rutgers and to the other schools that have offered.

"I definitely want to go and visit Rutgers," he said. "I want to see all the colleges that offered me to come up [to their campuses]. Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech…these are all great colleges and I definitely want to see them."

One of the factors Mitchell will take into consideration in making a final decision is a school's environment: "I just want everything to be calm and laid back and not too busy. [I want to go] somewhere I can really focus and play ball."

Last season, Mitchell averaged 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists for Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale. He was named the Broward County Class 4A-1A Player of the Year, leading Cardinal Gibbons to a 26-3 record. Mitchell is looking to improve on that mark this coming season, and is excited about his team's prospects.

"Last year, we were district champs," Alvin noted. "We got a couple of good guards and some new transfers so I want to lead my school to its first basketball state championship [this season]."

Make sure you check out the Rutgers Basketball Master Prospect List  for the latest, most up to date information on all of RU's recruiting targets and offers.

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