On Wednesday, Mike Rhoades and Penn State basketball added its latest transfer portal commitment in the form of University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) guard RayQuawndis Mitchell. Mitchell becomes the seventh transfer portal addition to the Penn State roster since Rhoades took over the program in late March. A player who scores in bunches, Mitchell is expected to make a significant contribution on the offensive side of the court. Here are some highlights that show how the newest Penn State transfer portal commit can add substantial value to the Nittany Lions next season.
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Penn State transfer portal commit RayQuawndis Mitchell is a versatile scorer from the backcourt
RayQuawndis Mitchell is no stranger to college basketball or the transfer portal. An unranked prospect out of high school, Penn State is Mitchell’s fifth college program. Previous destinations include Idaho, Otero Junior College, the University of Chicago Illinois, and, most recently, UMKC. Last season, the 6-5, 200-pound guard earned second-team All-Summit League honors in his only season at UMKC. Ranked as the 212th-best transfer portal player according to On3, Mitchell chose Penn State over Arkansas, BYU, and Oklahoma State.
In Mitchell, the Nittany Lions added another scoring threat to their backcourt. Although he averages just over ten points per game for his career, Mitchell showed his scoring ability last season for UMKC. Mitchell led UMKC in scoring with 17.3 points per game. As shown in the video above, Mitchell is a versatile scorer. He not only has the length to score at the rim, but with a career 31% three-point percentage, Mitchell can also hit from beyond the arc. This scoring ability is much needed for Penn State. The Lions are looking to replace deep threats Andrew Funk and Seth Lundy, who averaged nearly six made three-pointers per game combined last year.
Mitchell can also distribute the rock, with an 11% assist rate, according to College Basketball Scouting. If his game has a downside, it would be shot selection. Although Mitchell averaged nearly 20 points per contest last year, he did so shooting less than 35% from the field for the season.
Overall, RayQuawndis Mitchell is a good addition to the Penn State basketball roster. I don’t expect him to put up the same numbers as last year, but he should be able to find points when on the floor for the Nittany Lions next season.
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