Posted: 11/7/2012 11:51 AM
Top-five basketball recruit and Prestonwood sophomore Mickey Mitchell tears ACL, will miss football and basketball seasons
By Corbett Smith / Reporter
8:27 pm on November 6, 2012
Mickey Mitchell, one of the top sophomore basketball prospects in the nation, will miss the remainder of the football season and the entire basketball season after tearing his ACL during a football game last Friday.
Prestonwood basketball coach Chris Mayberry confirmed the injury on Tuesday night.
Mitchell was injured on the first possession of a 37-13 loss to Bishop Lynch. He had been the starting quarterback for Prestonwood in his first varsity football season, passing for 1,855 yards and 21 touchdowns, while rushing for 773 yards and 11 more scores.
The 6-7 Mitchell was better known, however, as one of the best basketball players in the Class of 2015, considered the fifth-best recruit in the nation by Scout.com. He averaged 10.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists as a freshman last season, helping Prestonwood’s basketball team to a 28-3 record and the TAPPS 5A championship.
The football team, a Division I semifinalist last season, had been in a tailspin even before the injury; the loss to Bishop Lynch was the team’s third straight. Prestonwood (7-3) will make the TAPPS playoffs, which start in 10 days.
Mitchell’s injury will be a significant blow to Prestonwood’s basketball team – which would have competed for a mythical national title with a healthy Mitchell and in 6-8 senior Julius Randle, a top-five talent in this year’s class.
“We still have a lot of belief in our team,” Mayberry said. “We’ll still be a force to reckon with. But there’s no replacing a talent like Mickey.”
Prestonwood will play one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season, with elite out-of-state tournaments in Missouri and Florida and showcase games against Chicago Simeon and San Jose, Calif. Archbishop Mitty.
Last edited 11/7/2012 11:54 AM by OSU81
Posted: 11/7/2012 6:50 PM
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