WINSTON-SALEM — Barring a change of heart, Shelton Mitchell wont be playing basketball for Wake Forest next season. And it appears that any change of heart would have to come soon.
New coach Danny Manning said Thursday morning that Mitchell called him this week to request a release from the letter of intent he signed in November when Jeff Bzdelik was head coach. Mitchell is a 6-foot-3 guard from Waxhaw whose senior season at Oak Hill Academy was marred by a knee injury that sidelined him for weeks.
When asked if Mitchell were still considering Wake Forest, among other schools, Manning said only that hes actively recruiting players for the three scholarships he has available.
Manning said that until the phone call, he was counting on Mitchell for next season.
Mitchell is ranked No. 58 in the nation by Scout.com and No. 76 by Rivals.com, websites that specialize in college basketball and football recruiting.
NCAA rules preclude coaches from commenting on a prospective recruit who has yet to sign a letter of intent, but Mitchell Wilbekin, a 6-foot-1 guard from Gainesville, Fla., posted on his personal Twitter account that he will visit Wake Forest this weekend.
Wilbekin, whose brother Scottie was the SEC player of the year this past season and led Florida to the Final Four, signed with Tulsa when Manning was still the Golden Hurricanes head coach. After Manning left Tulsa for Wake Forest last month, Tulsa granted Wilbekins request for a release.
Wilbekin also posted reports that he will visit Virginia, and that Frank Haith, the new coach at Tulsa, is recruiting him as well. Wilbekin had offers from Florida State, Central Florida, South Florida and Texas before signing with Tulsa.