Mitchell not going to Wake Forest: 'It's open now'
Former Cuthbertson High basketball star Shelton Mitchell has had a change of heart.
After signing a national letter of intent with Division I Wake Forest last November, Mitchell has been granted a release from his scholarship with the Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest recently replaced head coach Jeff Bzdelik, who stepped down after four seasons, with former Kansas and NBA star Danny Manning.
"I just felt it was the best decision for me," Mitchell told The Enquirer-Journal Thursday night. "I thought it was just best to take a step back and make sure I'm doing the right thing."
A 6-foot-3, 185-pound left-handed point guard, Mitchell also reports scholarship offers from Charlotte, Clemson, Miami, Missouri, South Carolina, Illinois, Mississippi State and Virginia Tech, among others.
Mitchell is ranked the sixth best player in North Carolina, according to ESPN, and rated the 76th best prospect in the country by rivals.com.
"It's open now," said Mitchell of his plans moving forward. "I'm coming home this weekend to sit down and talk to family and set up my visits."
Mitchell was a three-year starter at Cuthbertson before transferring to national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy for his senior season.
A two-time all-state selection, Mitchell helped CHS compile a 60-6 record in his sophomore and junior years. The Cavaliers advanced to the 2A state championship game in 2012 and 2013.
Mitchell scored 1,497 career points in three seasons at CHS. His best year statistically came as a sophomore in 2011-12, when he averaged 23.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest on his way to earning The Enquirer-Journal's Union County player of the year honors.
Mitchell suffered a setback early in the season at Oak Hill after tearing his meniscus. He's set to graduate from the school later this month and says he's "pretty close to 100" percent.
Despite the injury, Mitchell enjoyed the experience playing at the well-known prep school.
"I feel like I got better and got to compete with great players every day," said Mitchell. "Those guys helped me out a lot."