Cavs' Mitchell commits to Wake Forest
The courting is over before it got started for one of the nation’s top point guards.
Shelton Mitchell, a 6-3 junior at Cuthbertson High, announced Friday night he has committed to play for Wake Forest University beginning in 2014.
Mitchell posted on his Twitter account: “I just want everyone know that I am a demon deacon and part of the wake forest family! Go deacs!!!!”
Mitchell is ranked the No. 20 player in the nation and No. 5 point guard in his class by ESPN.
He recently received scholarship offers from Arizona and Connecticut, and was previously offered by Missouri, Illinois, Memphis, Clemson, South Carolina, Washington, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech and Charlotte.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams has watched Mitchell in person at least three times in the last couple months, and Mitchell unofficially visited the Tar Heels’ campus in October, but UNC never offered.
Mitchell, a lefty best known for attacking the basket, has ties to the Wake Forest program. He plays for Chris Paul’s AAU club, and has attended Paul’s point guard camp in Winston-Salem.
Paul is generally regarded as the best point guard in the world — the Clippers star started on the U.S. Olympic team last summer.
Mitchell says Wake Forest was the first school to offer him when he was a ninth grader.
The Cavs have been highly successful since Mitchell took over the point as a freshman and averaged a team-high 14.2 ppg.
Cuthbertson has a combined record of 65-11 since the start of the 2010-11 season, including last year’s 31-2 mark.