Mahki Mitchell is rated as a five-star prospect and the country’s seventh-best center by ESPN. Makhel Mitchell is a four-star prospect and the 101st-best player of the 2019 class, according to 247sports.com.
Mahki Mitchell, rated as the No. 38th-overall player in the country, is the second-highest rated player in the class to commit behind UCLA pledge LaMelo Ball, according to the recruiting service.
While Maryland identified both twins as priorities early — the school was reportedly one of the first in the area to offer the prospects earlier this year — it faced plenty of competition on the recruiting trail. Both played with the DC Blue Devils on the Under Armour circuit this summer. Georgetown pushed hard for both players, as well as Memphis and George Washington, among others.
“I think it bodes well for Maryland with their recruiting and what they’ve been doing in the local area the last few years … they’re definitely prioritizing the local area,” DC Blue Devils Coach Brian Inge said.
That Maryland has locked up both to hard commitments before their junior year should provide long-term stability on the interior, especially should any of its highly touted big-man recruits and targets — including incoming freshman Bruno Fernando and Smith, who is viewed as the jewel of the Terrapins’ 2018 class — eventually leave early for the professional ranks. Maryland is also still aggressively pursuing a number of big men to fill out its 2018 class, including five-star New York center Moses Brown and Angolan power forward Silvio De Sousa.
“I think Maryland is getting two guys that will help them win,” Inge said. “Mahki is highly skilled. I think his best basketball is ahead of him. But what I think what everyone is failing to realize is Makhel is really good, too. I think this time next year, I think it will be hard to tell which one is rated ahead of the other.”