After leaving Maryland in late December Makhi and Makhel Mitchell have the bell of the college basketball transfer ball.
The pair of 6-10 freshman decided to depart from the Terrapins program after facing suspension.
A four and three star recruit out of high school respectively the two committed to Maryland rather early in college basketball standards (winter of junior year). Making it clear that they only wanted to attend school together, and Maryland was the best fit for the Washington DC natives.
Most recently the twins took a recruiting trip to Big East member Providence College with Friar Town drolling at the chance to land the two.
However, it appears that, for whatever reason, the two are deciding not to attend PC. To add insult to injury for the Friar Faithful the two are taking an unofficial visit 30 miles down Rt-10 to 95 and are heading to Kingston. This was announced in a tweet sent out by the twins’ mother, Maria
Being from the DMV area plays exactly into the Rams’ favor. Head Coach David Cox is a native of Washington DC as well and the team features five players from the area. Cox has had a stronghold on the recruiting area for mid-major players over the last few years, including adding a fellow DC transfer, Antwan Walker.
Rhode Island has two scholarship spots remaining for the 2020 class, with an offer from Dwanye Wade’s son, Zaire, hanging in the balance.
Rhody will lose senior big man Cyril Langevine due to graduation at the end of the year. Having four big men (Jermaine Harris, Antwan Walker, Mitchell Twins) is uncommon in the A-10, a conference that is traditionally dominated by small guards.
Losing senior Jeff Dowtin this year to graduation will result in the loss of their primary ball-handler. The Rams do, however, have two guards committed (Elijah Wood and Ishmael Leggett) but they are listed as combo guards. The only true point guard the Rams have an offer to is Ziare Wade.
So this begs the question, would the Mitchell twins be a good fit for URI? Yes. The A-10 is becoming a league that is dominated by size with the likes of French and Bell for St. Louis, Toppin and Tshimanga for Dayton, and Osun Osunniyi for the Bonnies.
However, it may not be as practical for the Rams. Losing a true point guard in Jeff Dowtin is no small task to replace. They may need to find a true point guard, but maybe not now.