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The Mickey Mitchell Era begins this week as Plano West plays in the Elite 14 basketball showcase scrimmage this Saturday in Wichita Falls. Mitchell has been medically cleared to return to play said Plano West coach Anthony Morgan after Mitchell has been undergoing knee rehab the past year following a football injury.
An Ohio State commit for the Class of 2015, the 6-7 point forward is expected to make Plano West a state contender as the regular season opens Nov. 11. Mitchell injured his knee playing quarterback at Prestonwood Christian last season and took the spring and summer to rehab. Mitchell didn’t return to play football. Mitchell has bulked up considerably with upper body strength and weighs 240 but has kept his speed and quickness. He’s also switched from a buzz cut to a much longer hair to fit a looser style at Plano West rather than PCA.
The Elite 14 showcase will feature Prime Prep and SMU commit Emmanuel Mudiay, Euless Trinity center Myles Turner, ESD and Wichita State commit Corey Henderson and 6-11 transfer Djery Baptiste, Kimball’s Trent Brinkley and D’Angelo Allen and South Grand Prairie 6-9 sophomore Rick Curry.
Mitchell was ranked in the Top 5 nationally before the injury and likely will return if he plays as well as expected at West, where Mitchell was headed after attending Plano ISD middle schools before the transfer to PCA. Mitchell, his brother Mike Mitchell, who is a freshman Ohio State football player, have been part of the high-profile Texas Titans basketball program which will be highly featured at West. Along with Mitchell and senior point guard Avery Johnson, Jr., son of former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson, Sr., have transferred into Plano west. The Titans’ program includes Mitchell, Johnson and returning Plano West starters Soso Jamabo and D.J. Hogg, both highly recruited athletes as well. Jamabo has national offers as a running back while the 6-8 Hogg has received offers by top programs including Baylor. Another Titan player, center Tyler Davis has been ruled ineligible pending an appeals process after transferring from Frisco Liberty.
Mitchell was as highly recruited as his former Titan and PCA teammate Julius Randle, who is at Kentucky. With two years of high school remaining, Ohio State coach Thad Matta is going to have to hold off schools like Kentucky, Stanford, Oregon, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, Louisville, Virginia, A&M, USC, UCLA and UNLV which continue to show interest.
Mickey Mitchell’s younger brother McKinley is another basketball/football standout for the Class of 2016. McKinley, likely more a football prospect in Mike’s mold, plays on Plano West’s varsity football team as a sophomore.