URI Transfers Makhi & Makhel Mitchell Receive Waiver, Immediately Eligible For 2020-2021
University of Rhode Island Press Release
KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island’s front court depth for the 2020-21 season got a significant boost Monday, as sophomore transfers Makhi and Makhel Mitchell received waivers from the NCAA and will be immediately eligible for the Rams.
The Mitchell brothers will both have three seasons of eligibility for Rhode Island.
“In Makhi and Makhel, we are talking about two young men who can have an immediate high impact for us,” Rhode Island Head Coach David Cox said. “These are Top 100 recruits out of high school who are coming to us from the BIG 10. Makhi and Makhel are versatile talents who bring so much to both ends of the floor. We just added significant depth for this year.”
With the Mitchells receiving their waivers, Rhode Island will have at least 10 scholarship players in uniform this season. Transfers Malik Martin and Jalen Carey are still awaiting word.
Rhode Island will have one of its longest teams in program history this season. Junior Jermaine Harris and the Mitchells give Rhody three players 6-8 or taller. Redshirt juniors Antoine Walker and D.J. Johnson along with freshman Ileri Ayo-Faleye all stand 6-7.
That group paired with senior All-American candidate Fatts Russell, senior Jeremy Sheppard, and incoming freshmen Ishmael Leggett and Tres Berry offer an explosive array of lineups that have the potential to beat teams in many different ways this season.
Rated as a 4-star recruit by 247Sports.com, ESPN, and Rivals.com, Makhi Mitchell was the No. 2 player in Washington, D.C. by 247Sports.com coming out of high school. Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 11 center nationally and ESPN ranked him as the No. 64 overall on the ESPN TOP 100 Recruits. The Under Armour Association named him as its Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 after he led the UAA in blocked shots.
Makhel Mitchell also was highly rated coming out of high school. He was a 4-star recruit according to 247Sports.com and a 3-star recruit for both Rivals.com and ESPN. Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 18 center in the 2019 recruiting class and No. 107 overall nationally among all players. 247Sports.com ranked him the No. 3 player in Washington, D.C. in last year’s class.
Rhode Island opens the season Nov. 10 when it hosts Drexel.