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Duke Recruiting: How Does Mitchell Change Things?

His versatility should make everyone that much better and able to focus on strengths.

NCAA Basketball: Georgia State at Duke
 Nov 15, 2019; Durham, NC, USA; The Duke Blue Devils mascot waves a flag during the second half against the Georgia State Panthers at Cameron Indoor Stadium. 
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On Friday, Duke added another piece to its star-studded 2022 class when Kansan Mark Mitchell said he wanted to join the Brotherhood.

What does he bring?

Well, what do you need?

Mitchell is a well-rounded player with perhaps shooting as his only major weakness other than the typical teenage lack of strength.

His versatility should allow him to play three positions and possibly four.

Duke tends to recruit versatile players so he should find a number of guys he can work with in his class. Derek Lively has well-rounded skills, Kyle Filipowski is lauded for his solid fundamentals, Dariq Whitehead can do whatever he wants on the court. We don’t know for sure yet about Jaden Schutt’s game beyond shooting, but the guy can really fill it up and that helps to open the court.

We’ve come to think of things as being concentrated in one class and there’s no point guard here. Assuming Jeremy Roach comes back, he’d cover that.

In general, Mitchell’s skill and versatility should make everyone better and offers more chances to focus on strengths rather than cover weaknesses. He’ll be very valuable.