The next player for our new player previews is our last player on the list, 6-6, 230 pound guard/forward Matt Mitchell. Mitchell chose the Aztecs after first de-committing from Cal State Fullerton in April. In the summer he took an official visit to Utah, in addition to San Diego State.
Mitchell attended Roosevelt High School in Corona, California. In his senior year of high school he averaged 25.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. He led his team to a 26-8 record and a Division 1 California State Title. In addition, he was named Inland Empire Player of the Year. Since he was a late bloomer and was under recruited he always had something to prove. His father (Matt Mitchell Sr.) who was a 6-7 forward for Division 2 Cal Poly Pomona said this about his son to the San Diego Union Tribune, “he’s always been that kid who wanted to prove people wrong. This year, he played with two chips on his shoulder.”
As an Aztec, Mitchell will bring a lot of skills to the team. With San Diego State, he can play four positions. He can score from beyond the arc, has a good mid-range game and is very skilled at attacking the rim because that is his strength. He has drawn comparisons to Kawhi Leonard due to his location (Inland Empire) and his versatility. If he could be close to how good Kawhi was the Aztecs will be in good hands.
In his freshman season he will probably be coming off the bench. However he can play a lot of quality minutes, probably around 15-25 per game. The Aztec coaches like his versatility and ability to score at all three levels. They also love that he can guard four positions. During his time at San Diego State, he should improve his skills and can become a very good Aztec.