April 29, 2012

Battle scouts Mitchell

Wake Forest assistant coach Jeff Battle made the rounds Friday and Saturday [April 27 and 28] at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Va., but made sure nothing interfered with him getting to see Shelton Mitchell.

"It means a lot, especially because he's [Battle] coached so many good point guards," Mitchell said. "I talked to him a couple of weeks ago. He told me that he was going to be down here watching me in the spring. That was the last time talking to him."

Mitchell played hurt, which shows toughness; something that Wake is in need of. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound rising junior point guard is recovering from bad knees, injured elbows and a sprained wrist.

"I would say that I'm about 85-90-percent," Mitchell said. "I'm still not all the way there, but basically just trying to rest my body. I'm going to get there."

The Waxhaw (NC) Cuthbertson product said he is hearing the most from Clemson, NC State, Oregon State, South Carolina, UNC-Charlotte, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Washington.

"It's been real hectic [since the Carolina Challenge]," Mitchell said. "A lot of new coaches are coming in, coming in to see me play, coming to see me work out."

Mitchell added the firing of Seth Greenberg in Blacksburg has shaken up his recruitment. He believes that the Demon Deacons are making him a priority in recruiting.

"They [Wake's coaches] call my coach all the time," Mitchell said. "They ask me to call them, so I feel like they want me to be on campus."

Mitchell said he will trim his list of schools down to 10 at the end of his junior year, and plans to make a decision in October of his senior year.

Wake Forest is also targeting his CP3 All-Stars teammate, B.J. Gladden.

"B.J. is my best friend," Mitchell said. "We're always together. We talk about it [playing together in college] all of the time, but he has to do what's best for him and I have to do what's best for me."

In Cuthbertson's run to the state championship game and a 31-2 record Mitchell averaged 23.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.7 steals per game.

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