News broke Friday August 4 that big men and twins Makhi and Mahkel Mitchell committed to Maryland basketball. The Terps gained their first two commits of the 2019 class.
Makhi and Mahkel Mitchell are both four-star recruits. Makhi is ranked the No.38 player nationally, No.7 center and No.1 best player in Maryland. Mahkel is ranked the No.101 player national, the No.21 power forward and No.5 player in Maryland all according to the 247Sports Composite.
The twins chose the Maryland basketball over offers from Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Memphis and others. According to another report by 247Sports Writer Jeff Ermann, they had been attending Maryland basketball games ever since they were in the eight grade and had them at the top of their list.
The twins played their first two years of high school basketball at Bishop McNamara High School in District Heights, MD but now they are on the move to Montverde Academy in Florida according to 247Sports Writer Josh Stirn. A program led by Head Coach Kevin Boyle who has coached some noteworthy NBA players: Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Boyle led the Eagles to a 27-5 record, No.9 national ranking and No.1 ranking in Florida.
So what is Maryland basketball going to be getting in two years with the Mitchell twins? Size, post moves and defensive presence. Both are six -foot-9, 220 plus and seeing them together on film dhows how dominant they can be and how they can take over a game with their post presence alone.
The twins still have two years to develop more with DC Blue Devils of AAU Under Armour Association and Montverde Academy so who knows how much better they will be once they get to College Park.
News on more commits in the 2019 class may not come for a while since the 2018 class recruiting cycle is still in full swing but a commitment no matter the class is always a good thing.