Tucked away in majestic Savannah, Ga., is one of the top sleepers in the country. Casey Mitchell, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound shooting guard, is having himself quite the senior season and recruiters are beginning to take notice.
The unsigned senior at Savannah (Ga.) High School has been one of the top scorers in the country and with back-to-back 40-point games, things are starting to heat up for the available guard.
His career high 40-points came against some stiff competition, too. He traded buckets with top junior Chris Allen in the opening round of the Peach State Classic.
Savannah head coach Tim Jordan said Mitchell's play comes as no surprise. Last year, Mitchell averaged 24 points per game and 10 rebounds and is the reigning player of the year in Savannah.
"He score or rebound, he has the total game," Jordan said. "He can shoot the threes, play the midrange, post guys up, makes his free throws. He really does it all."
Mitchell has a big body that fares well in the lane and has quick reactions to either pull up for the midrange jumper or attack the glass with a reverse lay-up. He's also mixing in at least three trifectas a game.
"Casey hasn't reached his peak yet," Jordan said. "He's just 17 years old. I'd like for him to be a little more selfish sometimes. That's just a matter of being a little immature game wise. He's growing and learning. That's what is great about him."
His potential and ability to score has attracted a wide-range of schools. Arkansas has a trip in the works to Savannah to see him. Auburn, Georgia State, Tennessee and UNC-Wilmington were all on hand to see him in the first round of the Peach State Classic, where he had 40 points.
Cincinnati appeared to be the school to beat for the Peach State senior but when Bob Huggins and Keith LeGree both spilt ways with the new Big East School, Mitchell had to hit the reset button on his recruitment.
"The two coaches that were recruiting me had to resign so that was hard," Mitchell said. "They were like my favorite school. They are looking forward to getting another job so they said that they'd like to recruit me when they get another job."
There are still a number of schools still in the mix. Mitchell said Georgia State, Georgia, NC State, Alabama, UNC-Wilmington, Central Florida, South Florida and Winthrop are all involved. Jordan said Mitchell will likely wait until after the season to make any kind of decision.
"My kind of thing is waiting could be better, play the season out and see what kind of choices you have at the end of the season," Jordan says, "because when you commit, you commit. There is no changing your mind."