Kolton Mitchell Talks Hoopfest and Recruitment

One of the more under the radar prospects I was impressed by at the Marshall County Hoopfest over the weekend was 2019 Victory Rock Prep (FL) point guard, Kolton Mitchell. In front of great fans and a number of Division 1 coaches, Mitchell showed off a wide range of skills.

In his first game he showed that he can be a serious scoring threat from behind the arc and can hit shots under pressure as he knocked down two three-pointers late in the game to help Victory Rock in a comeback win against Sunrise Christian (KS). His scoring effort fell off in the second game, but he displayed a high basketball IQ as he was still able to make contributions without scoring. He set up teammates well, finding guys cutting to the basket and was able to make nice entry passes into the post. Defensively, he was a willing defender and gave great effort on that side of the ball. He’ll need to get stronger before reaching the next level, and if he can find more consistency scoring the ball, the 6’2″ point guard will be a nice fit in a mid-major program.

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With family residing in Owensboro, Kentucky, a two-hour drive from Marshall County High School, Mitchell said he always enjoys being able to play in front of his family. “The atmosphere in Kentucky is always great,” said Mitchell, “I’ve always got family coming to watch me when we play in Kentucky, and they usually bring friends with them so it’s always fun.” Mitchell also said he looks forward to being able to play in front of his family’s hometown, as Victory Rock will participate in The Grind Session’s World Championship in Owensboro at the end of the season.

Coming off the bench for Victory Rock in game one, Mitchell said it fueled him to have a good game. “Our last game we played locally, I didn’t do so hot, so coach brought me off the bench to light a small fire under me.” That fire was noticeable through his defensive effort, as Mitchell was seen stepping up to stop the ball in fast break situations, and guarding the other team’s best ball handlers in the half-court sets. Defense is something he prides himself on as he went on to say, “Even if I can’t get my offense going, I know I can lock up the other team’s best player. Our coach said everything in their (Sunrise Christian) offense went through the point guard. He was the head of the snake, so once I was able to take him away everything changed for the better.” That game plan held true as he played a major part in slowing down Sunrise Christian’s offense in his team’s comeback win.

When speaking on how he plans to elevate his game, the point guard said, “Right now, I need to work on being more of a scoring threat. As a point guard, sometimes I look to pass a little too often, which is something my coach is having me work on.” His unselfishness was prevalent in game two against against Hillcrest Prep (AZ), as he took very few shots, but looked to drive and kick out to players on the wing or draw attention attacking the basket for a dump off pass to one of his teammates in the post.

As far as his recruiting process, he stated that his coach at Victory Rock likes for his players to take things slow and extend their recruitment into their senior year. “Our coach doesn’t really talk to us much about recruiting, especially as juniors, because he knows that will come later on.” Despite taking things slow, Mitchell did hear from members of WKU and LSU’s staffs following his games.

“I’ve got a pretty good relationship with LSU’s coach, Will Wade. Every time he comes down we talk about basketball and life stuff, and he likes to know how I’m doing,” said the Victory Rock point guard. “After our first game, WKU’s coach came over and told me how I played. It’s always good to hear encouraging words, especially from a Division 1 coach.”

Without any Division 1 offers right now, Kolton Mitchell is potentially one of the best sleeper prospects in his class. He has almost two full seasons remaining to catch the attention of mid-major and high-major coaches. Mark my words when I say he won’t be offer-less long. He brings high energy, high basketball IQ, and unselfishness to his team, which are all major keys in the success of a team at any level. The true point guard will find his fit down the road, but for now looks to help his team achieve success throughout their grueling schedule.

 

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