Ohio State recruit Dillon Mitchell begins senior year at Montverde Academy

Adam Jardy
The Columbus Dispatch

Today is the first day of classes at Montverde Academy. Dillon Mitchell, a highly prized basketball recruit in the class of 2022, is on campus and getting his senior year of high school underway.

What that means for Mitchell’s future is uncertain, but it does mean one thing: the top-30 national recruit has not accepted a multi-year offer to play for the new Overtime Elite program.

Mitchell, a 6-7, 180-pound small forward, has made a significant climb in the national rankings since the spring. Ranked as the nation’s No. 131 recruit in April, when he landed a scholarship offer from Ohio State, he now sits at No. 27 in the composite database. He has transferred from Spring Hill (Florida) Bishop McLaughlin Catholic to Montverde for his senior season.

In the process, he has also emerged as a significant recruiting target for Ohio State’s class. The Buckeyes have verbal commitments from four players including one, Alpharetta (Georgia) Milton point guard Bruce Thornton, who played AAU basketball this season with Mitchell as part of the E1T1 program. Ohio State's class is currently ranked No. 1 nationally, and the Buckeyes have featured heavily in Mitchell's recruitment.

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Friday, the Buckeyes reportedly offered another member of that AAU team: Brice Sensabaugh, a 6-6, 240-pound small forward from Orlando Lake Highland Prep.

Concrete details have not been announced, but Overtime Elite’s official website states that the league will host 24-30 players and be headquartered in Atlanta. Players will be paid a salary and allowed to benefit from their name, image and likeness rights while playing “both within the league and in external competitions against domestic and international teams.”

No specific deadline for a start of the season or a deadline by when players would have to enroll has been announced, meaning that Mitchell could still opt to sign with the league and withdraw from Monteverde. For now, at least, that has not happened, which means a college career is still on the table.