Following Daniel Giddens' reported departure Monday evening, Mickey Mitchell is the latest from Ohio State basketball's seemingly strong 2015 recruiting class to leave the program. Evan Daniels of Scout was first with the news, with additional confirmations shortly there after.
Mitchell did not see much time this season until the end, when the Buckeyes had Jae'Sean Tate sitting nursing an injured shoulder, and Keita Bates-Diop with an illness in the Buckeyes final two games of the season. Mitchell was sidelined in the early portion of OSU's season due to NCAA eligibility issues.
Mitchell had previously decommitted from Ohio State as a recruit after his brother, former OSU linebacker Mike, announced he was leaving the football team. He later recommitted citing having done his due diligence and his desire to play with his friend, now former Buckeye basketball player Austin Grandstaff.
The Plano, TX native averaged 12.8 minutes for the Buckeyes in 23 games played this season. He averaged just two points and 2.8 rebounds in the short amount of time that he saw the floor this year. While other players who came off the bench had their flashes of greatness on the floor, we never really saw it out of Mitchell. Coming into Columbus, he was rated as a four-star by 247Sports, committing to the Buckeyes in September of 2014.
Mitchell is now the third player from the 2015 class to leave the Buckeyes. Austin Grandstaff was the first to go early on in the year, and the aforementioned Giddens was reported to have requested his release Monday evening. Already deemed important, the 2016 and 2017 recruiting classes are looking even more crucial than ever for the future of the program.