In a move that could help ease the possible loss of starting point guard Kedren Johnson to season-ending shoulder surgery, Memphis has accepted a commitment from former Texas A&M recruit Raquan Mitchell, a source told CBS Sports on Monday.
Mitchell tweeted this weekend that he “would be going to the University of Memphis.” But the staff wasn’t certain he’d enroll until he arrived on campus Monday. The 6-foot-2 combo guard is expected to begin classes this week and, in theory, be eligible to play this season.
Mitchell is a three-star prospect and thus not a projected immediate difference-maker at the high-major level. But his enrollment is important because, as CBS Sports reported last week, Johnson is dealing with an injury, not practicing, and it’s possible he won’t play at all. Consequently, Memphis needed another ball-handler. And, if nothing else, Mitchell could provide that for a team trying to make the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in six years.
247Sports now ranks Memphis’ 2015 recruiting class 12th nationally.
The stars of the class are brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson.
Both are four-star prospects, according to 247Sports.