Roundtable: The Undervalued

Wendell Mitchell

There's a long time between now and November, when most seniors will sign a letter of intent with their chosen college. Even so, experienced scouts can read situations wherein a player is likely to become recruited with less intensity that he warrants.

And that brings us to this week's question for the Scout.com national recruiting staff:

Based on the players you've observed in action thus far and keeping in mind a lot can change between now and the fall, who's a player in the 2015 class you've watched who you believe may end up getting under-recruited?


Josh Gershon: One of the most under-recruited players I have seen so far is 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward Matisse Thybulle.

Playing at Bellevue (Wash.) Eastside Catholic, Thybulle hasn't gone up against a ton of great competition but has stepped right in for Northwest Express on the EYBL circuit and has been absolutely fearless against some of the best players in the country.

It's been an impressive spring for Thybulle

Thybulle's floor is as a terrific utility guy; he'll knock down open jumpers, get to the basket, defend multiple positions, rebound and play unselfish basketball. However, his size, length, motor, athleticism and skill set suggest that he's a player with the ceiling to be even better than that.

The kid has overachiever written all over him and is sure to be a steal for someone. For now, however, he doesn't hold a single scholarship offer.


Evan Daniels: I think you could go quite a few different routes with this question. Having been to four spring events and seen hundreds of Division-I players at those events, there are a lot of players who could fit into this question.

Among the players I think are somewhat undervalued at this point include Kenny Williams, Juwan Morgan, Shake Milton, Ty Hudson and Justin Robinson, to name a few. All five of those guys are high-major prospects, in my opinion.

Weatherspoon has a few offers

But I think the guy that is the most under-recruited at this point is Mississippi native Quinndary Weatherspoon. A 6-foot-5 guard, Weatherspoon has good size for the guard position. He hasn't shot the ball well from three, but he's shown a high skill level. He's also capable of making mid-range shots, has good vision and can make plays at the rim. In EYBL Sacramento, Weatherspoon was particularly effective, as he averaged 18 points a game for the Jackson Tigers.

Weatherspoon has scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Western Kentucky, MTSU and a few others. Auburn, Troy, Mississippi and South Alabama are among the schools currently showing interest in him.


Brian Snow: For me, right now the guy who I think fits this mold is Ernest Aflakpui. It is kind of surprising because he is a high school and AAU teammate of five-star prospect Derrick Jones, but for whatever reason Aflakpui isnt racking up the interest that you might expect given that he is a legit center who can really run the floor and he plays hard.

Snow thinks Aflakpui is being under-recruited

At the moment schools such as Temple, La Salle, and St. Joe's have offered, and interest is coming in from places such as VCU, Providence, and Georgia Tech, but at his size and with his athleticism I would think more high-major schools would be beating down the door for Aflakpui.

Seeing him at the Pitt Jam Fest, Aflakpui is a legit 6-foot-9, he runs the floor extremely well, blocks shots, rebounds and has gotten better on the offensive end scoring on the low block. Overall, he is a very good prospect, and one who for whatever reason seems to be flying a bit under the radar for most colleges.


Rob Harrington: Although the situation appears to be changing, with reported offers now in from Baylor, Kansas State and Maryland, I'm fairly shocked that Wendell Mitchell hasn't caught fire by now with college coaches. A Texas native, Mitchell had a fantastic junior season yet hardly existed on the grassroots scene until the recent Jayhawk Invitational, where he scored at will and led the Houston Defenders deep into the playoff rounds.

Mitchell has offers from Baylor, Kansas State and Maryland

Some of his slow-rising interest makes sense. He's more of a wing than a point despite having point guard size, and his style of play requires a lot of touches and a lot of shots. But if he's going to be so effective — again, during both the high school and now travel season — that doesn't appear to be a negative.

Mitchell is the kind of guy who goes to college and leads a team in three-point attempts and makes, though likely not percentage. But far from a designated spot-up specialist, he can create his own shot and is an instinctive finisher in the lane. That's where his game surprises and, along with his explosive perimeter offense, suggests why he could become dynamite at the next level and cause many to wonder why they didn't get involved far earlier.

Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report

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