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NAME Mitchell Wilbekin
YEAR Class of 2014
POSITION Point Guard
HEIGHT 6'0"
WEIGHT 170
GPA 3.6
 
 
AAU Team

Nike Team Florida 17U

   
State Rankings #1 - Hoopscoop.com / #10 FloridaHoops.com
National Rankings

#11 - Jr. All-American Camp
#42 - ESPN Top 100 Rankings

   
Schools of Interest Florida, Texas, Virginia, Baylor, Marquette, Northwestern, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Florida Atlantic, LSU, Florida State, Davidson, NC State, Central Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Seton Hall, Oklahoma State, Stanford
   
Favorite Player Deron Williams
Favorite Subject History
Favorite Book The Slight Edge
 
Coach's Comments: Mitchell is a smart, skilled and determined player. he has had his defense questioned in the past and has continually worked on it so that he could be better. His offense comes a little more natural, but he works extremely hard on it and is very technical in his approach. His basketball IQ is high and constantly on display. He could get a shot for himself anytime he wants, but he has a talented team around him and does a good job of getting everyone involved in the game.


NEWS & NOTABLES

November 28, 2011 (from ESPN.com) - Mitchell Wilbekin named to Florida's All-State Third Team by ESPNHS.

"With the 2011-12 hoops season set to tip off, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top players in Florida.
We’ve broken down the state’s top 20 players into four teams based on their talent. Keep in mind, these preseason selections are based on past accomplishments and projected on-court performance in addition to recruit rankings.

THIRD TEAM

G: Trey Boykin, Arlington Country Day, 6-5/200, Junior
Says one rival coach: “That boy can shoot it and can fly through the air.”

G: Dillon Graham, First Academy, 6-4/180, Senior
Florida commit led First Academy to state title game last year.

G: Mitchell Wilbekin, The Rock School, 6-0/165, Sophomore
Dynamic combo guard is brother of Florida sophomore Scottie.

F: Stephon Blair, Dillard, 6-9/240, Senior
A beast in the paint, Blair has offers from USF and UCF, among others.

C: Dakari Johnson, Montverde Academy, 6-10/250, Sophomore
Nation’s No. 4 sophomore is likely ineligible due to transfer rules."

Mitchell is one of only two sophomores included in the rankings of any of the four all-state teams named.


October 8-10, 2011 - Mitchell took unofficials visits to the University of Texas and Baylor University along with his father, Svend. He received offers from both schools.


September 2011 (from FloridaHoops.com) -NTF Workout - Mitchell Wilbekin (The Rock School), 2014, PG, 6'0
One of the top point guards in Florida's 2014 class, Wilbekin had a scorer's mentality on Sunday.  He was able to consistently connect from beyond the arc and showed the ability to create space for his jump shot.  He has a high basketball IQ and has the ability to be a distributor as well.

September 2011 (from SourceHoops.com) -NTF Workout -Mitchell Wilbekin – 2014 5’11 PG – Gainesville The Rock: Wilbekin continues to prove he is one of the best players in the state when it comes to knocking down contested jump shots from all distances.  He knocks them down off the dribble, has a wicked step-back jumper, and when overplayed he can get to the rim.  Sometimes he worries more about drawing contact than finishing but that will change in time.  Wilbekin is a very good ball-handler and distributor and plays tough at the defensive end.

September 2011 (from Rivals.com) -NTF Workout -Mitchell Wilbekin –PG (2014)- The younger brother of Florida sophomore Scottie Wilbekin, the 6-footer was not shy about getting his shot off at camp. He really likes to let it fly from three-point land and is for the most part an accurate shooter.


August 2011 (from NBEbasketball.com) - Mitchell Wilbekin can flat out play and has a game well beyond his years. A young guard with a sturdy build and a high basketball IQ, Wilbekin is quite good at the defensive end and can really handle the basketball. His pull-up jumper is lethal and he can hit it from both mid and long range. In addition, he is able to get to the cup off the bounce. Although not selfish, the 6’0 PG could look to distribute a bit more. In addition, he needs to be more vocal if he is going to be a full-time one.


July 2011 (from GainesvilleSun.com) - "Another Wilbekin has his eye on playing for UF" (click to read article).


June 2011 (from ESPN) - Updated after Super Sophomore Showcase, Atlanta.

Strengths:
Wilbekin is a skilled and smart point guard that makes good decisions. He can run the team and make teammates better. Wilbekin pushes the ball on the break and is a great open court passer. He also can penetrate and drive, draw and kick. Wilbekin can make open shots with range to the arc off the catch or dribble and has a good mid range pull up when the defense backs away.

Weaknesses:
Adding strength should be at the top of Wilbekin to do list. He must also stay aggressive and in full attack mode because he has the skill and IQ to make multiple positive plays.

Bottom Line:
Wilbekin brings the IQ and skill of a true point guard to the court. He is a good decision maker as well. He can make open shots run the team and get other involved with his ability to pass the ball. Wilbekin must add strength and stay in attack mode because he has all the makings to be a terrific lead guard.


June 2011 - Mitchell named to the Top 20 All-Star team at the Super Soph Camp in Atlanta.


December 2010 (from FloridaHoops.com) - The Shootout at West Oaks

The Rock School out of Gainesville has the most state-wide recognition, having just left the FHSAA this year.  The team is filled with talented players especially in the freshmen and sophomore classes.  Against Florida Christian Institute of Fort Myers, The Rock’s top performer was 6’0 freshman guard Mitchell Wilbekin.  He is one of the few players regardless of class that can consistently score from mid-range off the dribble while being contested by the defense.  On top of that, he is smart when it comes to shot selection and doesn’t try to force what clearly isn’t there.  A point guard that can score, Wilbekin is a solid ball-handler vs. pressure, makes good decisions with the basketball and throws catchable passes.  Defensively he works hard but will need to add strength and increase his lateral foot speed both of which will certainly come with age.


October 2010 (from ESPN.com)

Mitchell Wilbekin, PG - rated as the #38 player in the ESPNU Top 100 Class of 2014 Watch List.


September 2010 (from Rivals.com) - Report from Nike's The Workout

Mitchell Wilbekin, PG- The younger brother of Florida freshman guard Scottie Wilbekin, the six foot high school freshman at Gainesville (Fla.) The Rock is ahead of where his big brother was at the same age. He's in control of the game and already has good quickness and ball skills. His pull-up jumper is a pretty good weapon and should serve him well as he develops.  

September 2010 (from Scout.com) - Report from Nike's The Workout

Mitchell Wilbekin, PG: Lots to like here. He's the brother of Florida freshman Scottie Wilbe kin and he's better at the same stage. He's got a hoops IQ, excellent stroke, runs the club and creates. He'll track as a potential high- major despite his size (5-11) because of his innate ability to run a team. Excellent looking young true point guard prospect. 

September 2010 (from Courtcred.com) - Report from Nike's The Workout

Its almost impossible to have a veteran freshman, but Wilbekin has been playing varsity at The Rock School since the 7th grade.  At this stage in the game he is advanced from a skill and knowledge of the game stand point.  He can play either guard position, but will likely become a point guard with a very consistent jumper.  His older brother Scottie Wilbekin is a freshman at the University of Florida.

September 2010 (from prepstars.com) - Report from Nike's The Workout

Mitchell Wilbekin (2014), 6-0 PG, Gainesville (FL) The Rock – We think Wilbekin — already a veteran at the varsity level, having competed there since 7th grade — is the other sure high-major prospect from the second day of the Workout. He’s a true point guard who distributes and also hits shots from deep or pulling up from medium-range, letting loose confidently despite less-than-ideal backspin. Mitchell also is the younger brother of Scottie Wilbekin, who will be a freshman this season at Florida. Mitchell actually projects as a higher-caliber prospect at the same age, and provided he gets stronger and continues to improve, he should be a priority recruit for major programs.

September 2010 (from FloridaHoops.com) - Report from Nike's The Workout

Mitchell Wilbekin – Frosh 6’0 guard – The Rock: Did it all.  Scored, defended, passed, and even blocked a few shots.  Hit shots off the dribble from mid-range while defended.  Very well-rounded and skilled player.


August 12 , 2009 - rated the #11 player nationally in Class of 2014 at the Jr. All-American Camps.

Mitchell Wilbekin, PG, Class of 2014 (from Jr. All-American Camps Report)

"Mitchell is a fantastic shooter with a good step-back and handles the ball like a yo-yo. He is unselfish and can cross-over the defender and make a great dish. When Willbekin wants to, he is a lock-down defender."


August 1 , 2008 - rated the #2 player in Florida's class of 2014.
2008 - won the 13U AAU National Championship with Team Breakdown.

2007 - finished as the 12U AAU National Runner-up with Team Breakdown.

2006 - won the 11U AAU National Championship with Team Breakdown.

 

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