Mark Mitchell is headed to Durham as Duke basketball solidifies the No. 1 class in the 2022 recruiting cycle. This is a monster haul for Jon Scheyer as he transition to become Duke’s head coach.
Mitchell, a 5-star small forward, picked the Blue Devils over UCLA and Missouri. Duke was the favorite to land Mitchell.
247 Sports ranks the 6-foot-8 Mitchell, a versatile talent, as the No. 10 overall prospect in the 2022 class. With the addition of Mitchell, Duke’s 2022 recruiting class — ranked No. 1 nationally — features five players. Of those five, four are 5-star prospects, all ranked within the top 10 of the class.
Three of those 5-star recruits have already signed: Dariq Whitehead, center Kyle Filipowski and center Dereck Lively, the No. 1 overall prospect. The fifth player in the class is Jaden Schutt, a 4-star prospect from Illinois and one of the top shooters in the cycle.
Mitchell plays his prep ball for powerhouse Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas. Recently, Sunrise Christian played Montverde Academy, another prep power. This meant a matchup between Mitchell and Whitehead, arguably the top NBA prospect in the 2022 class.
Scheyer and the Blue Devils already had the No. 1 class for 2022, prior to Mitchell’s commitment; however, this development is a big deal. Mitchell is a big-time prospect — one that will significantly boost Duke’s overall talent level, while helping to fill in on a roster that’s set to turnover after the 2021-21 season.