Mitchell Is A-10's Top Rookie Again

ST. LOUIS — When Saint Louis University basketball coach Rick Majerus was recruiting Kwamain Mitchell, he made it clear that he wanted the Wisconsin point guard to be a leader for the Billikens.

Late in his first season with SLU, Mitchell has already established himself as a leader and his strong play has the Billikens moving up the Atlantic 10 Conference standings and has earned him his second consecutive A-10 Rookie of the Week award.

"He is someone we are looking to hand over the control of the team to, and he will make everyone around him a better player," Majerus said in a press release when Mitchell signed with SLU. "He cannot wait to get onto campus, and we cannot wait to have him here. He will provide leadership both verbally and by example. He has a tremendous work ethic. Kwamain has the potential to be one of the best point guards that I have had the opportunity to coach."

Mitchell earned the award for the period ending Feb. 21. He averaged 12.5 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds per game while helping Saint Louis defeat Saint Joseph's and conference-leading Dayton.

The Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican product shot 41.7 percent on his 3-point attempts and 85.7 percent on his free throw attempts last week as the Billikens won for the sixth time in seven games. He led the team with 17 points on a season-best five 3-pointers against Saint Joseph's and had eight points, two rebounds and two assists in the win over Dayton.

"Kwamain was just tired," Majerus said after the Dayton game. "Kwamain showed a lot of guts. … It's a flood for him. The information overload is incredible. He's processed it well."

Mitchell is averaging 10 points, 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 31.9 minutes per game. He leads the team in assists (96), is second in steals (30) and is third in scoring, minutes played, 3-pointers (31) and 3-point field goal percentage (33.7).

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