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West Virginia Basketball at Best When Tre Mitchell Is Rolling



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WVU F Tre Mitchell has had a fair share of slumps during the past month. Mitchell recorded 22 points, his season-high, in a win over Oklahoma State on Monday night.

“I thought that was, without a question, his best overall performance,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “We were all congratulating him in the locker room because he really did a good job of guarding. He switched off on guards and stayed in front of them. He really did a good job on moving his feet. That’s the best I’ve ever seen Tre play.”

Mitchell has shown signs of being that elite scorer for WVU. West Virginia is 9-2 this season when Mitchell shoots 50 percent or better from the field.

“He’s a really talented scorer, he been his whole career,” OSU head coach Mike Boynton said. “That goes back to his UMass days. He showed tonight why he was a highly talented kid coming out of high school.”

In Mitchell’s last 11 games, the Texas transfer is averaging 8.3 points and 4.5 rebounds on 37 percent shooting. Mitchell is just trying to keep doing what he’s been doing this season despite the slump.

“Obviously it takes a little bit of a toll mentally because I want to be able to be out there and perform for my team, for my guys,” Mitchell said after the Oklahoma State game. “The reality is I stayed the course, stayed in the gym, kept working. The work is bound to show over time so I’m not going to abandon my work ethic. I’m going to keep going and I think it’s going to show down the stretch.”

Mitchell displayed play WVU fans haven’t seen in a few weeks, including playing more aggressively.

Mitchell gives WVU the ability to stretch the floor out and create better spacing.

“I liked his versatility. I know he can step out on the floor and make shots. He can play in the post,” Huggins added.

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