Wendell Mitchell broke every scoring record in Rockdale High School basketball history last season, but he’s still waiting on the big-name programs to take notice of him.
A state-high 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists per game is hard to ignore, but the 6’3 shooting guard said he would like to receive more offers than he currently holds at this point in his career.
Still, Mitchell is determined to prove the prestigious universities he is the real deal and that his scoring ability is on another level.
“I play like Stephen Curry,” Mitchell said. “My shooting will definitely make an impact, and my playmaking ability. My shooting sets up my teammates for better opportunities and it helps me make plays for my teammates.”
Mitchell was spectacular during his junior campaign, dropping 50 or more points twice last season. In one of his final games of the season, the guard lit up Taylor High School for 50 points to go with 15 rebounds and five assists.
At 6’3, Mitchell does not appear to be a threat to pull down 15 boards, but his exceptional athleticism allow him to make plays that guys five inches taller than him would struggle to make.
“I just pursue the ball,” Mitchell said, casually.
With the numbers he has been able to put up combined with his outstanding leaping ability and speed, Mitchell has absolutely dominated his opponents at the 3A level. However, he said playing in a much smaller district has also been a bit of a setback in his recruitment. Players from smaller schools have to make an impression during the postseason, where there is more attention from media, scouts and coaches.
Rockdale has not made it to the playoffs in the past two years, and Mitchell said he hopes that will change during his senior season.
“I’m coming from a small school that doesn’t get very much exposure,” he said. “It’s a big thing, I want experience at each stage, going to state and all that type of stuff.”
Another way for recruits to get noticed is at the select level, and Mitchell has turned some heads with his AAU team, the Houston Defenders.
During an out-of-state tournament in April, Mitchell outshined his opponents on a bigger stage and finally, there were some eyes to witness his ability. “I started getting recruited big at the Jayhawk Invitational,” he said. “I only had like two offers, and it shot up to like nine plus after that.”
Among the schools that offered Mitchell are Baylor, Auburn and Kansas State. With a full summer of select ball ahead of him including trips to tournaments in Atlanta and Las Vegas, Mitchell is expecting that list to grow exponentially.
Nothing in basketball is certain, but if he continues piling up 30 points per game, he probably won’t stay ignored much longer.