June 30, 2011
BEAUMONT - Lamar University basketball coach Pat Knight has added his third signee since taking over the program, and first from the high school ranks, as former Inglewood (Calif.) High School star Rhon Mitchell has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Cardinals.
A 6-foot-5, 210-pound forward, Mitchell averaged 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a senior. Mitchell shot 49.0 percent from the field on the season as the Sentinels finished the year with a 26-8 overall record and won their league title with a 9-1 mark.
"Rhon's a real versatile kid that can play three or four positions," said Knight. "He's really talented and should be able to help us right away.
"It's also good to get a kid from out of state because that opens up some recruiting avenues for us to take advantage of in the future."
Mitchell was named All-Ocean League MVP, earned All-CIF Southern Section first-team honors and was named to the All-Daily Breeze first team. Inglewood HS advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division III California State Tournament.
As a junior, Mitchell averaged 8.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in helping his team to a 20-9 overall record and an 8-2 finish in league play.
Lamar also added a pair of junior college forwards in Nikko Acosta from Gulf Coast Community College and Stephen Coles from Indian Hills Community College.