Saturday, January 5, 2013

Wake Forest Lands Top Recruit

(Aaron Garcia/Union County Weekly)

Wake Forest has landed its point guard of the future. Shelton Mitchell (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson), ranked No. 20 overall in the Class of 2014, made an early decision to commit to Jeff Bzdelik's Demon Deacons on Friday.

"I thought about doing it a month ago," Mitchell said. "They've always been my favorite but I kept it to myself. I gave it a month to make sure and then slept on it again last night. When I woke up I knew. I always wanted to go to school there."

Mitchell was born on the West Coast but he's been bred on Wake Forest basketball, in particular point guard Chris Paul.

Mitchell plays for the CP3 All-Stars, attended Paul's point guard camp and is set to follow in his footsteps. The same coach who recruited Paul, assistant Jeff Battle, was instrumental in locking down Mitchell.

Make no mistake about it, the traffic for Mitchell was steadily increasing and to score a pledge from one of the nation's true floor generals is a significant move for the Demon Deacons.

"They were the first (school) to come in," Mitchell said. "They told me when I was a freshman that I was their guy. I always was their guy."

As a sophomore, Mitchell averaged 23.4 points, 4.5 assists and 5.4 rebounds. This season, he's averaging 21 points and five assists. He's the highest rated recruit to commit to Bzdelik at Wake Forest.

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