One of the top seniors in the Midwest is off the board. On Monday night, Martice Mitchell committed to Minnesota. Mitchell is a senior at Bloom Township High School (IL) and the Young & Reckless program. 

Mitchell’s commitment comes after he took his official visit up to Minnesota just over a week ago. The Gophers extended an offer to Mitchell back in July right after he excelled at the NCAA Academy Camp at University of Illinois. 

The recruitment of Mitchell soared over this past summer as he picked up double digit offers including several high major ones from Big 10, Pac 12, and SEC schools. This summer Colorado State, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ole Miss, Oregon, Rutgers, South Florida, UMass, VCU, Xavier and a few others all extended him a scholarship offer. Prior to this summer some of Mitchell’s scholarship offers were from Detroit, Illinois State, Miami (OH), and UIC. 

Mitchell is a lengthy and highly skilled 6’10” power forward that has an incredibly high ceiling. He is a difficult matchup with his rare combination of size and skills. He is able to put the ball on the floor very well for his size and is a good spot up shooter from the perimeter. With his long strides, he is able to glide to the rim with ease and finish right over defenders. On defense, he can guard opposing forwards and bigs on the interior as well as the perimeter. 

With all of these tools, look for Mitchell to contribute to the Gophers immediately next season. He marks the first commitment for head coach Richard Pitino’s 2020 recruitment class. Minnesota is coming off of a successful season that saw them win twenty-two games and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

As Mitchell continues to grow his game, look for him to be a dominant player this upcoming season for one of the top teams around; Bloom. At Bloom this season, he will be playing alongside Dante Maddox Jr. (Cal State Fullerton), Donovan Newby (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Christian Shumate, and Keshawn Williams.