Sickles’ Dillon Mitchell, one of the top boys basketball players in the Class of 2022, said he plans to transfer to Bishop McLaughlin. The decision comes two days after Blake coach Derrick Sharp took the job with the Hurricanes, and said his son, Emanuel, the state Class 5A player of the year, would be joining him.
“The academics of a private school were the biggest reason,” Mitchell said going to Bishop McLaughlin. “It’s an A+ school, one of the top private schools in Pasco County, so I feel like it’s a great opportunity for me.”
Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 forward, already has offers from Florida, SMU, Texas A&M and USF. He averaged 12.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game this past season with the Gryphons. In the offseason, Mitchell plays with Emanuel on the Each 1 Teach 1 elite travel team.
By joining forces in high school, the two immediately turn the Hurricanes, who went 2-22 last season, into state title contenders. This past season, Emanuel finished as the state’s fourth-leading scorer and ranked among the top 20 in the nation with an average of 31.9 points per game with the Yellow Jackets.