In one year, Dez Wells has become the face of Maryland basketball and reinvigorated Terps’ fans hopes. So if Mark Turgeon's truly stumbled upon a similar player in Donovan Mitchell, it’s no wonder Maryland's among a growing cast of schools chasing the fast-rising junior.
Mitchell, a virtual unknown whose stock has soared thanks to a strong spring and a transfer to high-profile powerhouse Brewster (N.H.) Academy, is an athletic 6-foot-3 guard in the mold of Maryland’s star player.
“They were telling me some things about Dez Wells, that I kind of play like him and would be able to fit his role,” said Mitchell, a native New Yorker who visited Maryland last year for the NIT game against Niagara.
“I took a road trip to Maryland. I really liked it there. That was a great school as far as the campus and the team. It was great,” Mitchell said. “Coach [Scott] Spinelli has been the one recruiting me the most, but I talked to Coach Turgeon when he came up to Brewster. I also talked to him when I visited. I really like Maryland a lot because of the campus, the school and the basketball.”
Still, that far from guarantees he’ll play his college basketball in College Park. Along with his increasing profile has come a bag full of scholarship offers. He’s visited UConn twice and has also seen Boston College and Providence.
“I think I’m at about 12 offers as of right now. Things are going great, especially since I came to Brewster. I have all kinds of schools calling me and I feel like a lot of others will probably come this season,” he said. “I don’t have a list of favorites, but I do have a list of schools recruiting me the hardest, and that would be Boston College, Providence and Iowa.”
Mitchell plans to visit Maryland again this season but won’t likely make a decision until early 2014 at the soonest.
“I’m looking for a school that’s pretty big and the fanbase is great,” Mitchell said. “And a place where I’ll play and I’m not sitting my whole first year.”