Buckeyes get a Texas-sized recruiting commitment to men's basketball team

Hoops standout is younger brother of current OSU linebacker


COLUMBUS — The five-star pipeline from Plano, Texas, to Columbus has delivered another member of the Mitchell family to Ohio State.

As linebacker Mike Mitchell prepares for his freshman season with the Buckeyes football team, his younger brother, Mickey, gave his commitment today to the OSU basketball team, according to several recruiting services.

Ranked among the nation's top prospects, the 6-foot-8, 245-pound Mitchell represents the latest Texas-sized coup for the Buckeyes.

Fans can start by thanking Mike, who was rated by Rivals.com as the top football recruit in Texas. The older Mitchell had been working with OSU basketball coach Thad Matta to get his brother — a prospect even more touted in hoops circles than Mike was as a football player — to join him in Columbus.

"I've talked to Thad, and we've both talked about us wanting him here," Mitchell said recently. "It would be cool to have my brother here at the same college."

Mickey, who missed his sophomore season with a torn ACL, is ranked the No. 15 overall prospect in the Class of 2015 by Scout.com and 20th overall by Rivals.