Nov. 30, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's basketball player Michael Mitchell Jr. (Boston, MA/Wayland HS) has been named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week for the week of November 23-29, it was announced today by the conference.

The sophomore averaged 20 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game, while shooting 47% (20-43) from the floor and 72% (18-25) from the free throw line in three games last week. The point guard scored at least 16 points and dished for four assists in all three contests. Mitchell began the week with a 16-point effort to go with four assists, four steals and a rebound vs. Fitchburg State College on November 24. A product of Wayland High School, Mitchell Jr.'s finest performance was the best of his young collegiate career coming against Mount Ida College on November 27 in the first round of the 25th Annual Harbor Invitational. The 5'9" guard poured in 26 points on 9-16 from the floor to go with five rebounds, four assists and a steal. He came back the following day to score 18 points, while making seven of eight of his free throw attempts in addition to grabbing a season-high eight rebounds, handing out six assists and coming up with a pair of steals vs. Framingham State College in the tournament's consolation game. Mitchell Jr. was named to the All-Tournament team for his effort.

In his first season of varsity college basketball, Mitchell Jr. has been outstanding as one of the LEC's best guards, leading the Beacons with 15.6 points per game, while ranking fifth among conference leaders in five games. The backcourt player has started all five games and is logging a team-high 33 minutes per game, while recording 5.0 assists per game to stand second among league leaders. He's been very good about distributing the ball, but also protecting it, placing third among the LEC leaders in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.5 figure. Mitchell Jr. has been a spark on the defensive side of the ball as well, coming up with 2.6 thefts per game to rank third in the conference. The slashing guard has showcased a knack for finding the basket, shooting 50% (28-56) from the floor and stands 15th in the league with a 65% (20-31) free throw clip. He's been one of the team's most dependable scorers, netting double-digits in all but one outing this year and has dished for three or more assists in every contest, including a season-high of eight helpers at Eastern Nazarene College on November 21. Mitchell Jr. is the son of UMass Boston Hall of Famer, Michael Mitchell, who played on the school's first-ever basketball club team as the precursor to the institution's first varsity athletic programs.

UMass Boston is currently 1-4 on the season and will be in action again on Thursday, December 3 when it travels to nearby Suffolk University for a 7:30 p.m. match-up.