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Virginia fans will get a look at one of its 2010 recruits this evening, when Charlotte Christian (N.C.) takes on Findlay Prep (Las Vegas, NV) in the quarterfinals of the ESPN Rise prep tournament. Charlotte Christian features 6-7 forward Akil Mitchell , who hopes to help his team to victory at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU.
“We’re all excited,” Mitchell said. “Our whole school is excited. I’m really excited about it. It’ll be cool to get up, play on ESPNU and get exposure. We hope to play a few more games in our season.”
Findlay Prep features a pair of McDonald’s All-Americans in Texas-bound forward Tristan Thompson and point guard Cory Joseph. Charlotte Christian, which also features South Carolina 2011 commitment Anthony Gill, has 29 wins on the year and is looking for number 30 tonight.
Mitchell enjoyed a productive senior season, averaging 13 points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists and 1.4 steals per contest. He reflected on his senior season performance and discussed what he hopes to improve upon before arriving at Virginia. He’ll be in Charlottesville on June 14th for summer school.
“I think my season went a little up and down, but what I like most is that we won a lot and made it to the state championship,” Mitchell said. “Personally, I think I’ve grown a lot as a player. The game slowed down way more than it did coming out of the summer. I think I’ve grown a lot. I sharpened my leadership ability. I felt like I was a floor captain this past season.
“I’ve been working on my ball-handling and finishing through contact after getting hit. I’m getting into better shape with conditioning. I feel like I can go a step higher and play that much harder if I can get into better shape.”
According to Mitchell, Virginia is projecting him as a 3 or a 4, a wing player who can post up. The Charlotte standout is excited about the opportunity...
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