It shouldn’t be surprising to see Providence make the cut as Ed Cooley and his staff have been recruiting Mitchell as a priority recruit in 2015 for over a year and haven’t missed a single one of his AAU games over the last 2 years – even when he was injured. Scout.com’s Evan Daniels tweeted earlier in the week the Mitchell will visit Villanova on August 4th and Louisville on August 8th. Daniels also recently wrote: “No player improved his stock in July more than Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy standout Donovan Mitchell.”
In a recent interview with Corey Evans of HoopsIntel.com, Mitchell had this to say about Providence: “Providence has been there for two years and it is very appealing. I just want to be able to enjoy the coaching staff, which I do with Coach Cooley. It is a great school for basketball and great school in general.” So there’s still hope in Friartown. Mitchell also told Evans that he will look to cut his list down from 10 to 5 at the end of August.
Those other visits are certainly making Providence fans nervous. In a recent pcbb1917.com poll question, I asked fans to express their confidence level that Providence would land Mitchell. The results show that Friar fans are unsure and uneasy about where Mitchell will end up. I would venture to guess that a similar poll would have showed a lot more confidence in April of this year prior to Mitchell blowing up big time on the grassroots circuit while playing with The City on the Under Armour circuit.
With the likelihood that a decision will not be coming in September as originally planned, Friar fans will have to play the waiting game and hope that the loyalty that Ed Cooley and his staff have shown over the past 2+ years will pay off.
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