Raquan Mitchell

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Former Texas A&M commit Raquan Mitchell lands at Memphis

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Originally committed to be part of Texas A&M’s highly regarded 2015 recruiting class, combo guard Raquan Mitchell did not join Billy Kennedy’s program this fall. Mitchell would eventually be cleared academically, and on Saturday he announced that he’ll be a Memphis Tiger.

What isn’t clear is when the 6-foot-4 Miami native would be able to officially join the Memphis program. According to L. Jason Smith of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, there’s a chance that Mitchell would be able to join the Tigers this season. Whether that is the case immediately, or if he’d have to wait until the fall semester ends in December, is what’s up for debate.

Memphis can use another body on the perimeter given recent developments. Chris Hawkins is unlikely to play this season, as revealed by head coach Josh Pastner earlier this week according to the Commercial-Appeal, and senior Kedren Johnson is dealing with a shoulder injury that could sideline him for the entire season.

Mitchell gives Memphis an athletic guard capable of making plays on or off the basketball, but given the timing of the move it’s up for debate if he can be a contributor immediately.

Texas A&M finishes 2015 recruiting efforts with late guard commitment

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Texas A&M added a very late piece to its 2015 recruiting class by landing a commitment from combo guard Raquan Mitchell. A three-star guard, according to Rivals, the 6-foot-4 Mitchell had planned to go to prep school for the upcoming season before a big July live evaluation period made him an immediate target for the Aggies and Memphis.

By landing Mitchell, who had a breakout July with the Showtime Ballers, Texas A&M gets an immediate replacement for transfer guard Peyton Allen, who left the program and committed to Wichita State.

The Aggies are already bringing in a top-flight 2015 class, with four four-star commitments in the fold. Mitchell just gives them a potential late bloomer to go along with center Tyler Davis, power forward Elijah Thomas, small forward D.J. Hogg and point guard Admon Gilder.