UMKC Guard RayQuawndis Mitchell Commits To Penn State Hoops

Penn State men’s basketball head coach Mike Rhoades is hot on the recruiting trail.

The newly-hired head coach secured the transfer commitment of the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s RayQuawndis Mitchell Wednesday afternoon.

Mitchell chose Penn State over offers from Arkansas, BYU, and Oklahoma State and will spend his final year of eligibility in Happy Valley.

“As soon as I got into the portal, the coaches at Penn State made me a priority,” Mitchell told CBS Sports Insider Jon Rothstein. “They really took their time to make me feel wanted. It felt like a family.”

Penn State will be Mitchell’s fifth school in as many years after the La Junta, Colorado, native has spent time at Idaho, Otero College, the Unviersity of Illinois at Chicago, and UMKC. Most recently, at UMKC, Mitchell ranked within the top 10 in the Summit League conference in field-goal percentage, free throw conversion rate, minutes per game, points per game, and three-point conversions per game.

This past season in Kansas City, Mitchell averaged 17.9 points, 1.6 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game en route to a 11-21 season record.

Prior to his arrival at UMKC, Mitchell played for a season at the University of Illinois at Chicago before opting to take a medical redshirt after appearing in 16 games through eight starts. Within those minutes in Chicago, Mitchell averaged 8.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

In the 2019-20 season, Mitchell rostered with Otero College at his hometown junior college in La Junta, Colorado. Mitchell registered an average of 15.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game for the Rattlers, while shooting over 40% from the field and 88.1% from the foul line.

In his freshman debut, Mitchell recorded 10 starts through 31 appearances at Idaho and scored in double-figures three times. Mitchell was unranked coming out of high school but has worked his way through college basketball programs nationally.

He’ll join commits Ace Baldwin Jr., Nick Kern Jr., Zach Hicks, Puff Johnson, Qudus Wahab, and Leo O’Boyle on Rhoades’ transfer-heavy roster.

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