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Former Vanderbilt guard finds a new home in the ACC

Shelton Mitchell, Andrew Harrison

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Shelton Mitchell originally intended to play college basketball in the ACC, but the former top-100 point guard got out of his Letter of Intent to Wake Forest last spring once the school parted ways with former head coach Jeff Bzdelik.

Mitchell ended up at Vanderbilt for his freshman season but fell out of favor among a deep group of guards that included two additional freshmen in Wade Baldwin IV and Riley LaChance.

So Mitchell decided to transfer and now he will end up in the ACC as the guard will transfer to Clemson, according to a report from Paul Strelow of Mitchell started 11 of the 31 games in which he played in 2014-15, averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 assists in 20 minutes of action per contest.

After sitting out a season due to NCAA transfer restrictions, Mitchell will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Clemson needed another play-making guard who can get in the lane and make plays this offseason and it appears they’ve fit that need with Mitchell. Although Mitchell can’t help replace departing senior guard Rod Hall, he can at least provide a lift in practice and he’ll have three years after to make an impact as the team’s point guard.