Duke basketball pledge absolutely dumbfounded by new ranking

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Some may be underestimating Duke basketball recruiting prize Mark Mitchell.

Future Duke basketball small forward Mark Mitchell is taking issue with where he sits on the updated 2022 ESPN 100 that came out on Wednesday. And he’s not the only one who views his spot at No. 31 overall as an absolute crime.

Consider that Mitchell, who committed to the Duke Blue Devils in December and will presumably sign his letter of intent in the spring, ranks No. 10 on the 247Sports Top247, No. 11 on the Rivals 150, No. 7 on the On3 Ranking, and No. 15 on the 247Sports Composite. In other words, it appears that ESPN.com is just the site that didn’t get the memo.

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So Mitchell took it upon himself to deliver said memo via the following tweet:


Mitchell’s prolific performances at the talent-ridden Hoophall Classic over the weekend make his new ranking look even more ludicrous. On Sunday, the 6-foot-8, 220-pound explosive five-star fueled a victory for his Sunrise Christian (Kan.) squad with 27 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 11-for-16 from the field and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.

That’s not to mention all the junkyard-dog intangibles Mitchell brings to the table, which many observers at the event lauded regularly.

Duke basketball signee Kyle Filipowski chiming in with support

Kyle Filipowski, who became the first recruit in history to say yes to Duke basketball head coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer with his commitment back in late July, offered his show of encouragement by helping Mark Mitchell to dismiss his ESPN 100 dis:


In fairness, the new ESPN 100 was by no means disrespectful to Filipowski or any of the other five members of the top-ranked Blue Devil recruiting class:

  • Five-star center Dereck Lively II ranks No. 1 (No. 1 on the 247Sports Composite)
  • Five-star small forward Dariq Whitehead ranks No. 4 (No. 4 on the 247Sports Composite)
  • Five-star power forward Kyle Filipowski ranks No. 5 (No. 7 on the 247Sports Composite)
  • Four-star shooting guard Jaden Schutt ranks No. 47 (No. 55 on the 247Sports Composite)
  • Three-star center Christian Reeves is understandably absent from the top 100 (No. 243 on the 247Sports Composite)

Scheyer’s 2022 recruiting efforts appear to be complete, except for the waiting game when it comes to a potential reclass from one 2023 five-star pledge in point guard Caleb Foster.

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