March 25, 2012

Mitchell impresses at Carolina Challenge

Raleigh, NC - Shelton Mitchell, a proven scorer, took on the role as a facilitator at Ravenscroft School in Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge, averaging 8.3 points in three games at the one-day event.

"I think I played good," Mitchell said. "It took me a while to get back in shape, because we lost in the state championship and basically I was trying to heal my injuries. I felt good out there, getting back in shape, running the floor. I had bad knees and then shin splints during the season, and I messed up my back and elbow. I messed up my elbow during the season, so basically recovering from that, so I can be ready for the summer."

In Waxhaw (NC) Cuthbertson's run to the state championship game and a 31-2 record the 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard averaged 23.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.7 steals a contest as a sophomore. He can play either guard position, but prefers the point over the wing.

"I just like to get up and down, find my teammates," Mitchell said. "I like passing the ball a lot, sharing the ball, making my teammates happy."

Mitchell claims scholarship offers from Missouri, South Carolina, UNC-Charlotte and Wake Forest, while Florida State, Miami (Fla.), NC State, Oregon State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Washington are showing interest.

"I don't have a top 10," Mitchell said. "I'm just looking at everyone that's recruiting me and basing it on what would be the best school for me education-wise and playing-wise, it's just what's going to help me in the future."

Mitchell added he plans to narrow his list of schools down to five at the end of next summer.

The 2014 prospect from Waxhaw said he wants a coach who wants his players to get better, gets the best out of his players on a daily basis, and pushes them in practice.

Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bzdelik and assistant coach Jeff Battle have visited Mitchell at Cuthbertson multiple times.

"They're [Wake Forest] known for recruiting good point guards the guys like Chris Paul, Ishmael Smith [and] Jeff Teague," Mitchell said. "They're just saying that they put good guards to the league, and they think they can do the same with me, and just helping me get there."

He knows the value of an education. It is his backup plan in case basketball does not work out.

"My grades are pretty good," Mitchell said. "I just want to get them better. My parents are always telling me that basketball comes second and without education you can't get anywhere."

Mitchell added that he is working to get better as a defender, improve his jump-shot and conditioning.

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