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Anybody who has paid any attention to Rick Pitino coached teams over the years knows that the Louisville coach covets tough, aggressive guards. While on a visit to the Ville, one of the class of 2015's most animalistic backcourt players ended his recruitment when Donovan Mitchell popped.
A ruggedly built and athletically explosive 6-foot-2 combo guard from New York who plays his prep school ball at loaded Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Prep, Mitchell went to his twitter account late Thursday night to announce that he will play his college ball at Louisville.
One of the biggest class of 2015 stories during the summer, Mitchell is currently under ranked at No. 101 in the Rivals150. That will be changing soon enough for the four-star prospect.
What stood out about Mitchell during the month of July was his dramatic improvement in all areas of the game. He shot better than ever, he handled the ball better than ever and he was much more dangerous than he has ever been as a scorer. Basically, everything in his game came together at the exact same time.
In all likelihood, Mitchell was probably closer to the level of player he showed in July all along. Prep school coach Jason Smith constantly raved about him and playing on a Brewster squad loaded with upper class talent, Mitchell played his role and waited his turn.
"He's a high level athlete that's a physical, strong perimeter defender," Smith told Rivals.com. "A leader in our school community as he was elected Senior Prefect by his peers this spring."
Mitchell is Louisville's third commitment in what is shaping up to be a loaded class. Already onboard is four-star combo forward Deng Adel who already ranks in the national top 50 and four-star big man Raymond Spalding. Like Mitchell, Spalding will be making a big move up the rankings when they are updated in late August.
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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