Mickey Mitchell is a Buckeye

By Jeremy Birmingham on August 22, 2013 at 3:20p

Budding star forward Mickey Mitchell has committed to Ohio State, per a number of viable sources and confirmed to Eleven Warriors through a source close to the Buckeyes' program.

The brother of OSU freshman linebacker Mike Mitchell, Mickey is a 6-foot-8, 245-pound wing who can play any number of positions on the basketball floor.

The Mickey Mitchell File

  • Size: 6-8/245
  • Position: F
  • Class: 2015
  • School: Plano West Senior High School (Plano, Texas)
  • Composite Rating: 5-star
  • 247Sports Rank: 4-star
  • Scout Rank: 5-star
  • ESPN Rank: 4-star
  • Rivals Rank: 4-Star

Mickey was one of the country's hottest prospects a year ago, but saw his sophomore season derailed by a torn ACL, which he is still recovering from. He was on campus visiting Ohio State, last weekend, and apparently that was enough to seal the deal for the talented athlete from Plano (Texas). 

"He went up to visit the basketball program and to see Mike," Ken Mitchell, his father, told 247Sports. "If you asked me if he would commit, I would have said no. But I talked to him and he said he wanted to."

Despite the obvious familial connection, Mike is not the main reason why Mickey decided to commit. 

"But it's that extra gift," Ken told Cleveland.com. "He got up there and realized the legend of Ohio State and what the basketball program has done, and the educational system and how much Mike loves it up there while he's working his tail off."

Mickey began his career at Prestonwood Christian, helping lead them to a Texas private and parochial school, class 5-A title in his freshman year. Before he could attempt a repeat, he suffered a knee injury while playing quarterback. 

"He got hurt toward the end of the year with one or two games left, but now he is back and stronger than ever," Ken told 247Sports. "He was going strong and the coaches really couldn’t believe it. He’d been medically released, but he hadn’t played much or had much contact."

With Mickey in the fold, Ohio State's 2015 recruiting class has its second member. He joins A.J. Harris (Dayton), who pledged to the Buckeyes two weeks ago. They still have offers out to Ohio natives Carlton Bragg (Cleveland) and Luke Kennard (Franklin), among others. 

Since it's been a year since Mickey has played basketball, Thad Matta and his staff are going off the potential seen in this video: 

In his only season of high school ball, Mitchell displayed incredible court vision, handles, passing ability and top-level athleticism. Future150 calls him "probably the most versatile player in the class" and made note of his solid three-point shooting. His high school basketball coach highlighted Mickey's acumen. 

"I never seen a freshman like Mickey. He can really play," former Prestonwood Christian coach Chris Mayberry told Prospect Central. "He's so intelligent, his basketball IQ is outrageous. He just understands the game so well."

Mitchell will reportedly transfer to Plano West, where he'll focus on basketball. 


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DannyAlmonte's picture

BOOOOOM BABY! LETS GO! Mitchell Bros about to take over columbus!

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Did the Mitchell's grow up next to a nuclear plant or something!?
Look, I dont usually do this for hoops but this deserves a:

AndyVance's picture

Love these family ties we're establishing all over the country! Well played, Coach Matta, and welcome home, young Mitchell!

Bolt's picture

Hopefully next up: Nick Bosa!

buckguy10's picture

Think we could get him to suit up at linebacker next to his brother in addition to the basketball team?

Jordan Wagner's picture

He actually played football. He was the starting QB and had an offer from Kansas before quitting football after an ACL injury. 

Toilrt Paper's picture

When he was a Freshamn QB he was called a bigger Tim Tebow and a better passer.

skid21's picture

A player would be hard pressed to play football and basketball considering how long the football season lasts at OSU. Joining the hoops team in mid-January is basically useless for Thad and Co. This guy is a HUGE get for us. Thad is so under appreciated by most OSU fans.

RedStorm45's picture

Didn't Nate Salley attempt to do both back in '04 or '05?
The last I can remember (at OSU) is Rickey Dudley.

skid21's picture

Dud didn't play both at the same time.

RedStorm45's picture

Maybe I meant John Lumpkin?

MotownBuck's picture

Lumpkin definitely played both at the same time. Played HS ball with him. You know how hard it is as a DB to bring down a 7 footer? LOL

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gumtape's picture

Who would downvote a John Lumpkin reference? Dude was a gentle giant. Couldn't miss him since he stood about 2 feet taller than everyone else. Really nice guy and a hard worker for John Cooper and Jim O'Brien.

High and tight boo boo

skid21's picture

Same people who downvote people for making a mistake. We've seen that a lot lately. I guess you have to be PC and Google all the facts before you post here.

skid21's picture

My bad. I was a youngster then and only remember him his last year of football.

MotownBuck's picture

John Lumpkin, Rickey Dudley, Art Schlichter, Nate Salley, and Stan White, Sr were football and basketball buckeyes.

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RedStorm45's picture

Upvoted you MotownBuck because someone apparently doesn't like you stating facts.  Thanks for the list.

MotownBuck's picture

No worries. Great article on Lumpkin playing both sports.
Welcome aboard Mickey. Can't wait to see Mitchell2 in action. Hopefully will lead to some glorious Januaries as well as Marches around here.
Good get Thad

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skid21's picture

Despite my error in memory of Dudley (a different era) I seriously doubt in the Matta era of OSU hoops that a football player will ever be a starter on the basketball team. Maybe, but I doubt with his ability to bring in big time players a football player who isn't a 4 or 5 star hoops player as well will ever contribute to a Matta team.

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USMC11917's picture

This is fantastic!

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Gray Box of Glory!

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DannyAlmonte's picture

If we could get Carlton Bragg too from ASVSM we would have one hell of a class.

OldColumbusTown's picture

He actually plays for VASJ, another of the all-world acronym teams in Ohio!

DannyAlmonte's picture

ahh thanks! +1 for you

braxonbraxonbrax's picture

always love seeing a happy gray box!

jedkat's picture

Magic Johnson-esque with some of those no-looks.

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

ajg OSU 5's picture

Is Thad only recruiting lefties? Tate, Russell, Harris and Mitchell are all lefties if im not mistaken. That will be interesting to see on the court

Muck Fichigan

RedStorm45's picture

Lenzelle, Spoon, Tank.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Yep. Plus, Conley and even Oden for half a season with that bum wrist. haha.

David Sokol's picture

Great news! This guy is awesome.
Sometimes you watch a Youtube of a recruit and you think, "okay, he looks the same as all other high major players" but Mitchell's are above and beyond.
Looking forward to continuing success in BuckBK.

chowoon97's picture

Awesome News!!! He is Explosive.

skid21's picture


andretolstoy's picture

Good get. Kid's play looks like a cross between Jay Burson and Aaron Craft. (well maybe) Sort of looks like Burson in the mug :)
Love it.

OldColumbusTown's picture

What a group of recruiting classes Matta is putting together for 2014 and 2015.  And he's not even close to being done yet!
Luke Kennard and Carlton Bragg, come on down to the party!

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Toilrt Paper's picture

AND that recruiting video was from his freshman year when he was a 6-7 point guard  for his varsity team. At that time he was a consensus Top Five player in the 2015 class.

IBleedSandG's picture

Nice! Gonna go watch that highlight vid now.
I love the title of the video: "6'7" Mickey Mitchell Is The ILLEST Player In Class Of 2015? Drops DIMES Like Jason Williams!". Hilarious.
EDIT: Warms my heart to see a white dude dunking on everyone in that video.


OldColumbusTown's picture

Pair him with Russell and Harris, and you've got three legit play-makers.

Buckeye419er's picture


There can be only one

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

YES! Welcome to Buckeye Nation Mickey!

stanton6's picture

Great News!!  The M&M BROTHERS will be tearing up the football field and basketball court for years to come!


jedkat's picture

Scarlet M&M's are the bees knees!

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

daytonbuckeye's picture

Awesome. He is pretty agile for 6' 7". Just curious though, are there any more Mitchell brothers or sisters that tOSU can offer?

3 85 yards and a cloud of dust.

brandonbauer87's picture

That's the best recruiting video I've seen of a basketball player. Maybe not ever, but wow. 
Also, seems like a good replacement for Craft as the hated white guy. 

RedStorm45's picture

Also get two siblings in OSU sports like the Crafts.

OldColumbusTown's picture

Unfortunately (or, I guess, fortunately for Mickey), I doubt he will receive any of the normal "hatred" bestowed upon the white guy.  Usually, that goes to the guys who get by because they are scrappy, lesser-athletic players who get by because of their guile and ultimate hustle-playing style.  Watching Mickey's tape, something tells me he won't be viewed the same way.  I can't quite put my finger on why that may be...?

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Your move Nick Bosa.

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740buckeye's picture

Fat finger DV! My bad, I'll get you on another post!

TheShookster's picture

There was one upvote for this. I upvoted it, and it went straight from 1 to 4. BOOM SHAKA LAKA INDEED

He ain't even stretch doe!!

BullCityBuckeye's picture

Impressive film.  Excellent passing skills and extremely nimble/quick for a kid his size.  Very exciting get for the Buckeyes!!!

avail31678's picture

I think Thad owes Urban a beer, no?

mh277907's picture

If he can come back from his injury and pick up where he left off, he will be a top-5 player in the country. I love it. Awesome news.
Also- Thad is loving him some lefties (Russell, Tate, Harris, now Mitchell).. Coincidence or strategy?


OldColumbusTown's picture

Definitely coincidence, but it sure would look funny if Thad could reel in Luke Kennard as well and put 5 lefties on the court at one time.

hetuck's picture

At the very least, Thad should send some City Barbeque or Tommy's pizzas over to Urban and Tom Herman. 

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

His passing is unbelievable for his age.

buckeyefanatic's picture

Plano in the hizouse!  (Frisco actually but I can spit to Plano from here)

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ATXbucknut's picture

Geez, all these guys from Texas going to OSU (Guiton, Dontre, Mitchell bros)...maybe I should high-tail it back too!  Ohio seems like the place to be (and to escape the Texas heat).

skid21's picture

Fall is coming and it rocks here in the C-bus.

PHATBUCK13's picture

Plus Barrett and Meechy...

tennbuckeye19's picture


This commitment is Drew Carey approved.

USMC11917's picture

The girl on the right in our school's shirt; love her O!

Oyster's picture

Some Gifs are are just way too short, huh?

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Nick's picture

I love the look on the Asian guys face he has no idea what's happening!!

FROMTHE18's picture

Never...Ever....Ever...use 1 Direction references in a positive way...ever.

skid21's picture

Is that 1 Direction? I don't even know who they are. That either makes me old or makes me cool. You decide. I just liked the excitement in the gif.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Welcome Mickey Mitchell to the Men's Basketball Team and Buckeye Nation. Obligatory Celebration Gif. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


hspbuy1's picture

Wow! Some serious hangtime along with great passing! Nice job Thad!


Borrowed Time's picture

having a great football AND basketball program got us both mitchells

Earle's picture

They certainly have some athletes in that family.  The long sleeves have to go, though.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

Iwearmocs's picture

Those are freshman year highlights right? Kid is nasty going to the hole.  Question: Can he shoot?  There weren't a lot of shots other then dunks over poor high school kids in that video. Regardless, this is a great pickup, I hope his rehab is going well!

idontsmellgood's picture

Skid- That is just disturbing!  Not...not good.

"This kid scares me a little bit because I've seen him on film drop back and ...boom, boom, boom." Tuberville moved his head, mimicking Barrett checking through his progressions. "That scares me right now. Has all week."-Tuberville on JT Barrett

skid21's picture

So all my gifs are losers. Direction 1 is some kind of no no (have no idea who they are) and excited fat guys aren't cool either. I guess I should stick with HELL YES!! What great news!

shortbus20's picture

Isn't  that the fat guy that dances at the Blue Jackets games...lol

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harleymanjax's picture

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

MotownBuck's picture

Ok...that made me laugh out loud.

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harleymanjax's picture

I've been saving it for a recruit worthy of such an awesome gif!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

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ohhiyo's picture

thats the Hey Dan Dakich, you see how these refs are screwin me look lol

OSU BUCkS's picture

How good was this high school team? Him and Julius Randle who was the number 2 player last year. Geez

KBonay's picture

^^^^Today's internet winner.

PHATBUCK13's picture

I guess I'll have to "Deal with it"

harleymanjax's picture

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Hovenaut's picture

Agreed....that's gold.

(and a glimpse into the future?)

In other news, Tom Crean likes to cut down nets.

KBonay's picture

Birm declares victory

PHATBUCK13's picture

Thanks Birm...
My first day posting and I already got my 100 up-votes...
I did it all in my underwear...At work...

Jdadams01's picture

Aren't there like 9 kids in the Mitchell family? Keep em coming.

Seattle Linga's picture

His youngest brothers is in 1st grade and is taking a hard look at the Buckeyes already!

FatFat's picture

Nope Kindergarten


ToothBuck's picture

Another lefty? quite a few left hand finishes in those highlights.

zachofaltrades's picture

ELITE athleticism!! Kid can ball.

Dirty419Boy's picture

Here's hoping both brothers play on Ohio St national championship teams.

brobbins's picture

Five Star Thursday!


BuckeyePride's picture

This is awesome!!! 

How Firm Thy Friendship....

YNBA's picture

"Putting the 'turd' in Saturday since whenever..."

harleymanjax's picture


"Because I couldn't go for 3"

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Speaking of STEENSN, am I the only one who's noticed that he's been MIA ever since his anti-sex campaign was a success.  I guess he's on to another site to continue his crusade to rid the interwebs of booby and butt gifs.  I guess now that we're talking sports, he figure's there's little to be done around here.  

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YNBA's picture

This should clear up everything.

"Putting the 'turd' in Saturday since whenever..."

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Okay, the gif just became about 1000 times funnier LOL!

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BammBammRiley's picture

Oh...wow... I forgot what it's like to laugh that hard. Thank you for that. Pure awesomeness. Can not wait to see that

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FROMTHE18's picture

ACL's are tricky bastards...hope he recovers just fine, his tape is ridiculous

L2yan's picture

Wow. What a pick up.  !! 

Buckeye from Kansas

buckeyeEddie27's picture

I'm speechless. 
I am without speech.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

So, naturally the next question is...
How is his recovery going? 

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

45OH4IO's picture

Thad Matta, you are very good at your job. I am impressed. Much respect. Carry on.

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Holy shiz! Buckeye genetics researchers have to be freaking out at the thought of both Mitchell specimens on campus.
Congrats Mickey! We need to get you a moniker to rival the Abusement Park. 

tennbuckeye19's picture

Tom Crean, you are beyond creepy. 

Nick's picture

Those faces he makes are creepy gold.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Tom Crean vinegar strokes. Yuck.

MotownBuck's picture

Behold the power of Mitchell2

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buckeyenut10's picture

It would appear the Ohio State abusement park is adding another ride.

harleymanjax's picture

It's like The Beast and The Son of The Beast at King's Island!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Dips's picture

Every Abusement Park needs a Dunk Tank.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

6'8 and 245lbs
Holy moly that's huge for a sophmore.

TheBadOwl's picture

Junior now, and I think he has an early birthday for his grade IIRC. He's like a year older than Parris Campbell, who's in the 2014 class.

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

That's great news!  Welcome to the Bucks Mickey!!  So happy to hear about this!!
Go Bucks!!

ODEEZ330's picture

Him n bragg were my #1 priorities for 2015. Sooo pumped. 1 down 1 to go. This kid is top 10 nationally when healthy for sure

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Urban Nation Army's picture

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

InHartWeTrust's picture

Absolutely insane highlight video....

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

Man, Thad is on a hot streak. And we definitely have legit shots at Kennard & Bragg in '15 & VJ King in '16. Disgusting. 

DJ Byrnes's picture

Really awesome mixtape (which I guess is the point of mixtapes.) I like that he can do about everything on the court. Will be a nice piece to have for sure.

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Poison nuts's picture

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

jaxbuckeye's picture

One of the most impressive highlight films I've seen in a LONG time.  Don't want to put pressure on the kid, and we haven't yet seen his shooting, but with that kind of passing display it's like watching Larry Bird without the cement shoes!

RedStorm45's picture

"Thad can't recruit anymore." - OSU hoops fans, 2012 signing day.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Holy shit!  Exciting times, man!  Got any more brothers?

Class of 2010.

raiderred's picture

Yeah I think he has one more younger brother. I don't know if he plays any sports nor if hes as big as his brothers

Buckeyejason's picture

Looks like Napolean Dynamite, plays like Jason Williams with Lebron James type size..AWESOME!


teddyballgame's picture

Nice highlights....can't believe he's already THAT good
He'll be even better when he finally arrives in Columbus :)

zbd's picture

I see some Magic, Isiah, Larry, Clyde and Earl the Pearl in his game. 

thekornidentity's picture

That highlight tape was downright awesome. Who says white men can't jump?

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buckskin's picture

Larry Bird esque with some hops?

RedStorm45's picture

His pass at :09 goes off of an opponent.

ChazBuckeye's picture

And who said white men can't jump...???  I say he defies that stereotype...for sure! Great Highlight tape!

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Mike Young's picture

Via Birm, the poster sent to Mickey Mitchell: 

tennbuckeye19's picture

That's gold right there, pure gold.

pjtobin's picture

I absolutely love Mike. I can't wait for him to be a starter. And now I have his brother to cheer for during basketball. Yes!! Life just got a little sweeter!

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