Dillon Mitchell will play basketball for coach Chris Beard at Texas Men’s Basketball. The five-star prospect from Dallas, who is ranked as the No. 31 player in the class of 2022 by 247Sports, made his commitment official on Monday night during a live stream event with ESPNU analyst Corey Clark and reporter Dave Telep.,
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Dillon Mitchell, a five-star small forward and one of the most explosive athletes in the nation, committed to Texas on Monday.
Over Florida State and Tennessee, Mitchell selected the Longhorns. After the July period, Chris Beard and Texas focused on Mitchell, making him a priority on the wing, visiting him at Montverde Academy (Florida), and then inviting him on campus for a formal visit in mid-October.
“It was a really varied campus,” Mitchell remarked, comparing it to Montverde. “I loved the living arrangements and can picture myself wandering about campus and blending in; the new Moody Center is going to be fantastic.”
“They were continually working with the guys throughout my stay. Coach Beard and his team like working out at the gym. They put a lot of effort towards player development. Chris Beard, his crew, and management were all very focused.”
Mitchell’s connection with Beard, as well as Beard’s perception of Mitchell during his visit, played a key role in securing his commitment.
Mitchell remarked, “Coach Beard reminds me of [Montverde] coach Kevin Boyle.” “Coach Boyle is a great coach, and I like playing for him. Both have an incredible passion to win. They’re both a lot of fun. They regard practice as if it were a game. I feel that Texas and Coach Beard will assist me in progressing to the next level, and that one day I will be able to play in the NBA. What most people don’t realize about Chris Beard is that he enjoys himself both on and off the court.”
Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Florida, is rated 18th in the ESPN 100 for the class of 2022. He was one of just five five-star talents in the class still available.
Mitchell averaged 12.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 13 games with the Nike EYBL’s Each 1 Teach 1 Elite grassroots program, finishing second in the league with a 72.9 percent field goal percentage. He converted 75.8% of his 2-point shots.
Mitchell, one of the class’s most versatile and explosive players, has an impact on the game by completing plays on the open floor with speed and a vertical jump of over 40 inches. The lefty’s lengthy frame allows him to play on the perimeter as well as in the post. He possesses a fluid offensive style that allows him to score from the midrange or at the basket while also being aggressive on the offensive boards. Mitchell has the majority of the skills and characteristics required to be a first-round draft choice.
He has the agility and length to switch one-through-four and control the ball, go over a screen, and guard the low post on defense. On the perimeter and near the rim, he’s also an underappreciated shot-blocker. His jumper will become more of a threat from the midrange and deep as he spends more time in the gym.
Mitchell joins ESPN 100 point guard Arterio Morris, the No. 31-ranked talent and No. 5-ranked point guard in the nation, as Beard and Texas’ second 2022 pledge.
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