started popping up on basketball recruiting sites as a middle schooler. The early attention was just the beginning of a roller coaster athletic ride for Dallas-area star.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 point forward-type from Plano West (Texas)
, added to a timeline filled with impressive feats and a little drama Thursday by re-committing to play basketball for Ohio State. He delivered his original verbal pledge to the Buckeyes in August 2013, then elected to re-consider last month.
Once considered a Top 10-caliber prospect in the 2015 class, Mitchell is showing signs of regaining his previous form after suffering a devastating ACL injury in November 2012.
Here is a timeline of Mitchell's eventful high school sports career:August 2011:
Enrolled at Plano West as a freshman. Appeared on West's football roster but left the school for Prestonwood Christian (Plano)
prior to basketball season.Winter 2011-12:
Made an immediate impact as freshman for Prestonwood Christian hoops team, playing key role in run to title at prestigious City of Palms Classic. Alongside then-junior and current Los Angeles Laker Julius Randle, Mitchell helps Lions finish season with Texas private school state title and Top 10 national ranking from MaxPreps.Fall 2012:
Mitchell finally hits the football field as a sophomore at Prestonwood Christian. A dual-threat quarterback, he piles up over 2,500 total yards and 32 touchdowns in just 10 games.November 2012:
Suffers torn ACL in 10th game of 2012 football season. Misses promising sophomore basketball campaign. Despite being ranked No. 3 nationally in the preseason by MaxPreps, Mitchell's absence along with that of an injured Randle results in disappointing 15-19 season for Prestonwood Christian (though Randle returned late to lead PCA to another Texas private school state title).August 2013:
After making basketball commitment to Ohio State (where brother Mike was playing football), enrolls once again at Plano West.Winter 2013-14:
Averages 13.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game as a junior at Plano West playing alongside Texas Titans club teammates Soso Jamabo, Dennis Hogg and Avery Johnson. The Wolves were regarded as one of the state's most talented teams but bowed out in the regional quarterfinals of the 5A tourney.July 2014:
Continues recovery from injury on Nike's EYBL circuit with Titans. After up-and-down regular season, steps up at Peach Jam with averages of 8.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.August 2014:
Almost a year after committing to Ohio State, elects to re-open recruitment.September 2014:
Re-commits to Ohio State.