In January, ProBasketballDraft.com was able to interview 2012 Wheeler High School big man, Charles Mitchell. Since then Mitchell has been a busy man getting new offers, breaking records and helping his team on their way towards a state title. PBD was able to catch up with Mitchell recently to check-in on his progress.
At the time of the interview, Mitchell was focused on helping his Wheeler Wildcats reach and win another 5A Georgia state title. He said his message to his teammates was, “Play together. Play for each other. We want to go out on top. We want to give it all we have.” Throughout the playoffs, he said he was focusing on certain areas of his game. “I’m focusing on finishing more around the basket, making the best decisions and rebounding more.” Unfortunately for Mitchell and Wheeler, they were unable to beat North Gwinnett in the second round of the state playoffs. In a 70-68 OT loss, Mitchell scored 12 and grabbed 11 rebounds in his final high school game.
Despite the loss, a recent big accomplishment for Mitchell was scoring his 1,000th point in his high school career. “It was exciting at first,” Mitchell told PBD.com. “I didn’t know at first I broke the record. I was excited and shocked. I didn’t know I was that close.” When asked if it was a goal he set out for at the beginning of his high school career he said, “I was just focused on playing basketball.” Mitchell went on to later say that he did set a goal of 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds when he started high school. With the 1,000th point goal broken the 1,000 rebounds was the next goal on the list. Unfortunately for Mitchell, was unable to break it with his high school season coming to an end.
Mitchell had originally planned to take his official visits after January 28th but told PBD.com that he has yet to take an official visit. His first official visits will take place this weekend as he will be visiting Florida State first and then visit Maryland on Sunday. Mitchell said that he has no plans to commit after these visits and still plans on making other visits to schools such as Cincinnati and Tennessee. Just recently, Mitchell said a new team emerged as Florida offered him a scholarship.
Constantly looking to improve his game Mitchell has continued to display his work ethic. “I’ve been working on becoming more explosive and more agile. I’m also working on my 15-footer and attacking the basket more.” For a player that already offers a polished offensive low-post game for a high school big, those traits could make him an even better and more dangerous player. As Mitchell told PBD.com back in January, he looks to emulate someone like Zach Randolph.
Mitchell will now start to take his official visits with his high school season over and begin the process of deciding which school is best for him. He’s someone to continue to keep an eye on during the process. Ultimately whatever school gets Mitchell will be a very happy school.