Minnesota has an abundance of talent in the class of 2018. There is size, skill, and players with massive potential. There has been a ton of debate in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as to who the best player of the class is, but in our eyes, it’s Shae Mitchell.
We checked out the 6-foot-6 wing with Lakeville South against Pine Lake on Thursday night and he did not disappoint. Finishing with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks, he impacted the game much more than his stat line reflected. Unfortunately for Mitchell, his season ended on Thursday night. With his team up double digits late in the game, he went up for a dunk in transition and was simply pushed in mid-air. It was a classless play from a Pine Lake player that ultimately left Shae with a broken wrist, ending his promising freshman campaign.
Playing power forward on the defensive end and on the perimeter offensively, we were able to see the full arsenal that Mitchell had to offer. He showed off a silky smooth jumper from mid-range, was tough to stop as a straight line driver, and simply showed off a crisp game that you rarely see out of a freshman. The Minnesota Future Stars/We All Can Go All-Stars AAU product let the game come to him, not forcing any shots and always making the extra pass to the open man. He will need to continue to work on his foot speed on the defensive end, but the combination of size and skill that he brings to the table make him an elite prospect in the class of 2018.
Mitchell has already visited Indiana, but is also hearing from Nebraska, Stanford, Xavier, Drake, Minnesota, and Creighton. While he doesn’t have a D-1 offer yet, it will come very soon after he returns to the hardwood in May after recovering from his injury.