Mitchell Signs

Casey Mitchell, the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Player of the Year and first team NJCAA All-American, has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend West Virginia University in 2009-10 and play basketball for the Mountaineers, Coach Bob Huggins announced today.

"Obviously, Casey fills a big void for us left by the graduation of Alex Ruoff," says Huggins. "With the addition of Casey and Dalton Pepper, we believe we will be able to consistently score from the perimeter."

Mitchell, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound guard, spent the last two years at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., playing for Coach Greg Heiar. This past season, he averaged 20 points per game for Chipola and was the Panhandle Conference Player of the Year.

Mitchell shot 45 percent from the field as a sophomore, including 34 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line. He led Chipola to a 34-2 record and a third-place finish in the national tournament. The Indians won a school-record 32 straight games and completed the first perfect 12-0 Panhandle Conference season in school history.

A native of Savannah, Ga., Mitchell scored 38 points in Chipola's 78-73 NJCAA tournament semifinal loss to Salt Lake. Chipola posted a record of 69-4 over the two years that Mitchell played. On Jan. 24, he broke a junior college record that stood for 40 years when he connected on 25 straight free throws in an overtime win over Tallahassee. Mitchell averaged 10 points per game for Chipola as a freshman.

"Casey's game has really developed under Coach Heiar to the point that he is able to score in a multitude of ways," adds Huggins. "We think he can be as versatile a scorer as anyone in the program."

In high school, Mitchell averaged 26 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks per game at Savannah High, where he earned Class AAAAA All-State honors from the Georgia Sports Writers Association. He was a two-time WTOC Player of the Year, Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the GACA All-Star game. Mitchell led his team to three regional championships and a Final Four appearance.

The rising junior will have three years to complete two seasons of eligibility.

Mitchell joins Dalton Pepper (Levittown, Pa.), Deniz Kilicli (Istanbul, Turkey) and Dan Jennings (Staten Island, N.Y.) as signees for the 2009-10 season.

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