NCB On The Trail: Mickey Mitchell

Recruit and return: Ohio State Buckeyes 

March, 21, 2015
Mar 21
To return to the NCAA tournament, a team needs contributions from both returning players and incoming recruits. Here's a look at Ohio State and its chances of dancing again in 2016. Quick references: 2014-15 roster 2015 recruiting Possible 2015-16 starting five G: JaQuan Lyle G: Kam Williams F: Jae'Sean Tate F: Marc Loving C: David Bell

Help is on the way for Big Ten 

February, 25, 2015
Feb 25
videoTalent continues to pour into this power conference as the Big Ten has 13 ESPN 100 prospects coming in along with five top-40 classes. Help is on the way for next season.

Most impactful class: Ohio State

It’s a class (ranked No. 5) of three top-100 players and one top-100 player from 2014 as this group possesses both quality and quantity. The class doesn't have a current superstar, but it does have a collection of really good players who all bring unique skills and will grow with the program.

Austin Grandstaff (No. 50) provides an instant outside shooter who will open up the post and driving lines for his teammates. Daniel Giddens (No. 56) brings a physical, athletic presence to the paint as he will look to block shots, rebound and finish at the rim. If Giddens develops offensively, the Buckeyes could have an all-league player in the frontcourt.

With the departure of Shannon Scott and D'Angelo Russell playing himself into a potential high lottery pick, A.J. Harris (No. 76) will come in and orchestrate the offense with blinding speed and quickness. Mickey Mitchell adds toughness and versatility, and he is a ball mover as he passes often. A big X factor for the Buckeyes could be point guard Jaquan Lyle (who decommitted from both Louisville and Oregon before a post-graduate year at IMG Academy). If he is focused and in top physical condition, his feel for the game is advanced.

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Buckeyes ink three ESPN 100 players

November, 13, 2014
Ohio State announced the signing of four student-athletes to national letters of intent on Wednesday.

Making it official for the Buckeyes were three ESPN 100 prospects -- shooting guard Austin Grandstaff (No. 45 overall), center Daniel Giddens (No. 61) and point guard A.J. Harris (No. 72) -- along with four-star small forward Mickey Mitchell.

Head coach Thad Matta's 2015 class is currently ranked No. 8 on

LeBron James Skills Academy recap: Day 1 

July, 10, 2014
With all the speculation over LeBron James' next destination, he still found time to exhibit his elaborate skill set with all the campers as he leapfrogged from one court to another. However, he wasn't the only star of the day as local product Stephen Zimmerman dazzled onlookers with his vast skill set. Zimmerman wasn't the only camper that stood out as Syracuse-bound Malachi Richardson, multiskilled Miles Bridges, and 2017 stud DeAndre Ayton all had their moments.

Best Player

Ben Simmons

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Five 2015 classes off to fast starts 

June, 3, 2014
As we turn our attention to the Class of 2015 and the newly released ESPN 100, here’s a look at five college basketball programs that have a head start on the 2015 recruiting trail:

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Minneapolis Nike EYBL recap 

May, 25, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- The fourth session of the Nike EYBL gave teams one more opportunity to add league wins and earn the right to participate in the Peach Jam that will crown a champion in July.

Check out some of the many terrific prospect performances we witnessed this weekend at the EYBL:

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Roundtable: Looking ahead to 2014 

December, 31, 2013
As we close the door on 2013 and look forward to the year to come, there are a variety of things to look forward to in college basketball recruiting.

The potentially intriguing storylines and trends are perhaps best reflected in our team of Recruiting Nation experts, who seem to have their eyes set on something different heading into the new year.

Paul Biancardi: In the 2014 class, the point guard position is strong at the very top, but there is not a lot of depth or promise after some of the elite players.

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Weekly commitment roundup

August, 23, 2013
Big Ten conference
Ohio State
Mickey Mitchell SF Plano, Texas/Plano West
HT: 6-foot-6 WT: 210 pounds
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 31
Stars: 4
ESPN 60: 31

Big East conference
Seton Hall
Angel Delgado PF Troy, N.Y./Huntington Prep
HT: 6-8 WT: 215
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 16
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 63

Pac-12 conference
Craig Victor PF New Orleans/Findlay Prep)
HT: 6-8 WT: 205
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 5
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 31

Kaleb Joseph PG Nashua, N.H./Cushing Academy
HT: 6-3 WT: 165
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 10
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 51

Trayvon Reed C Snellville, Ga./Shiloh
HT: 7-1 WT: 210
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 9
ESPN 100: 84

JaKeenan Gant PF Springfield, Ga./Effingham County
HT: 6-8 WT: 210
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 7
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 37

C.J. Turman C Madison, Ga./Morgan County
HT: 6-9 WT: 215
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 15
Stars: 4

Brandon Austin SF Montgomery, Ala./Carver
HT: 6-5 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 14
Stars: 4

Big West conference
UC-Santa Barbara
Justin Burks SF Las Vegas/Arbor View
HT: 6-5 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Rashann London SG Philadelphia/Roman Catholic
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ivy League
Mike LeBlanc SF Dover, N.H./New Hampton School
HT: 6-6 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Farleigh Dickinson
Devin Eke PF Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic
HT: 6-6
Class of 2014
Position Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

America East
Justin McFadden SG Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion
HT: 6-5 WT: 200
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Brandon Hatton SG Covington, Ky./Dixie Heights
HT: 6-2
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Cam Ward SG Marshall, Wisc./Marshall
HT: 6-2 WT: 155
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Buckeyes land ESPN 60 forward

August, 22, 2013
Junior small forward Mickey Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Plano West) verbally committed to Ohio State on Wednesday, has confirmed.

Mitchell is currently ranked No. 31 overall in the ESPN 60 for the Class of 2015. He was garnering interest from Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, North Carolina and Texas, among others.

He joins point guard A.J. Harris (Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar), who committed to the Buckeyes' 2015 class earlier this month.

10 things to know about the 2015 class 

June, 13, 2013

The new player rankings are out and the 2015 class of rising juniors has expanded from the ESPN 25 to the ESPN 60. With these prospects halfway through their high school careers, here are 10 things you need to know about the Class of 2015.

1. There’s a big man invasion

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Led by freshman forward Mickey Mitchell's game-high 19 points and eight rebounds, Prestonwood Christian Academy knocked off Grace Prep (Arlington, Tex.) 62-42 on Wednesday in the City of Palms Classic championship.

The win avenges a loss PCA suffered last week to the Lions on ESPNU.

Super 60 junior Julius Randle battled foul trouble and managed only seven points and seven rebounds but was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament after averaging 20 points per game. Kansas signeee Zach Petersadded 15 for Prestonwood.

Baylor-bound senior Isaiah Austin finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds for Grace Prep before fouling out with five minutes left. Sophomore guard Emmanuel Mudiay scored 10 for the Lions.

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