January 17, 2022

Duke provides top-30 recruit to potential No. 1 class

Prime-30 senior Mark Mitchell introduced his dedication to Duke on Friday, doubtlessly giving the Blue Devils and coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer the No. 1 recruiting class within the nation.

Mitchell selected Duke over a last listing that included UCLA and Missouri, though it was a recruitment that shifted forwards and backwards between the Blue Devils and Bruins over the previous few months. Early within the fall, UCLA seemed prefer it had the momentum and was maybe the favourite for Mitchell’s dedication, however the race tightened following his attendance at Duke’s “Countdown to Craziness” occasion in October.

A 6-foot-Eight ahead from Dawn Christian Academy (Kansas), Mitchell is ranked No. 30 within the ESPN 100 for 2022. He is ranked because the No. three energy ahead within the class.

“Mitchell is a lefty who shows sturdy slashing capability as he can catch, rip and drive with energy and glorious footwork,” mentioned Paul Biancardi, ESPN’s nationwide recruiting director. “As soon as he will get close to the paint, he’ll stand up and shoot over defenders or end on the rim with explosive bounce. His face-up sport is reliable from mid-range, and he has proven promise behind the arc.

“Defensively, he’s comfy guarding massive guards by way of energy forwards and switches nicely with lateral foot velocity and size. Maybe his greatest talent is passing the ball. From wherever on the courtroom, he has nice passing instincts and accuracy.”

Mitchell is Duke’s fifth ESPN 100 recruit within the 2022 class, and the fourth ranked within the high 30. He joins Dereck Lively (No. 2), Dariq Whitehead (No. 5), Kyle Filipowski (No. 10) and Jaden Schutt (No. 47), all of whom signed letters of intent in the course of the early signing interval.

Exiting the signing interval, Kentucky held the No. 1 class in 2022, passing Duke and Arkansas following the dedication of top-10 level guard Cason Wallace. However top-ranked senior Shaedon Sharpe is predicted to enroll at Kentucky following the tip of the primary semester, which may impression the participant and sophistication rankings.

Scheyer, who was named Duke’s subsequent head coach following Mike Krzyzewski’s retirement announcement final spring, will take over this system after this season. He took the lead on Duke’s 2022 recruiting class, with Krzyzewski opting to remain at dwelling in the course of the analysis intervals in June and July.

“I do know firsthand the expectations of the job. Our recruiting has had a couple of iterations since I have been right here, however the constant factor is recruiting nice gamers, nice individuals,” Scheyer advised ESPN in early July. “That is not going to alter. You discuss loads of issues as a coach, however the very best factor you are able to do is get the very best gamers. Gamers that wish to win. That is not altering for us. I imagine in what now we have right here; I imagine within the faculty.”