Vanderbilt's cache of incoming guards got even deeper on Friday afternoon. Four-star point guard Shelton Mitchell joined the fray when he committed to Kevin Stallings's team.
The Commodores got their fifth point guard/shooting guard commitment for 2014 when Mitchell announced his intentions to join the team this fall. He'll join incoming freshmen Riley LaChance, Wade Baldwin, and Matthew Fisher-Davis along with Cornell transfer (and leading scorer) Nolan Cressler. Mitchell chose Vandy over schools like Arizona, Missouri, California, and Connecticut. He had originally committed to Wake Forest before rescinding his decision.
The 6'3", 185 pound Mitchell played his high school ball at Virginia's Oak Hill Academy, a powerhouse among HS institutions. The private school has churned out NBA players like Carmelo Anthony, Ty Lawson, Stephen Jackson, Rajon Rondo, Josh Smith, and Jerry Stackhouse in recent history.
Mitchell has been lauded for his ability to control a team from the point. His court vision and ability to balance scoring and passing are qualities that should make him a part of Vanderbilt's rotation from his first day on campus. At 6'3" and well-built, he should be able to contribute on defense as well - but a year learning from veterans like Kedren Johnson and Dai-Jon Parker should have a major positive impact on his game. His left-handed game and commitment to finding open players on offense should give the 'Dores a solid change of pace and allow Johnson to slide back into more of a scoring role.
Here's what next year's Commodore lineup could look like, pending Johnson's return to the team.