While Brewster Academy guard Donovan Mitchell entered the summer with high-major offers, it can be said that he was being overlooked in some circles. Mitchell changed that by putting together an outstanding summer, making him the biggest riser of the season with regards to recruiting boards.
Thursday night Mitchell tweeted that he has verbally committed to attend Louisville, adding to a 2015 recruiting haul that ranks as one of the nation’s best to date.
Mitchell joins wing Deng Adel and power forward Raymond Spalding as players who have verbally committed to play for Rick Pitino, and his skill set fits well with the Cardinals’ style of play. Mitchell’s a high-level scorer but he isn’t selfish offensively, as he’s a solid distributor of the basketball as well. And as a solid defender, he’ll fit in well with Louisville’s pressure defense.
Louisville loses two guards at the end of the 2014-15 season, with Chris Jones and Wayne Blackshear both entering the campaign as seniors. Among the perimeter players who will have eligibility remaining when this trio arrives on campus are Terry Rozier, Anton Gill and Quentin Snider.
Among the other programs considered by Mitchell were Boston College, Florida State, Providence and Villanova. Mitchell, who committed to Louisville while on his official visit, took an unofficial to Villanova on Monday.
Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.
The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:
Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.
UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.
Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.
All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.
The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.