AURORA | A profile look at Smoky Hill junior Rickey Mitchell who is on the roster of Team East of the sixth A-Town All-Star Boys Game:
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School: Smoky Hill High School
2021-22 average: 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.8 steals
Season highlights: Coach Anthony Hardin’s Smoky Hill team ran into Centennial League rival Eaglecrest in the Sweet 16 round of the Class 5A state playoffs, the round in which the 15-win Buffaloes were stopped for a third straight season, although they appeared to be a championship contender for the whole year. The development of Mitchell as a viable third scorer to seniors Brayden Maldonado and Anthony Harris Jr. helped take the Smoky Hill offense to a new level as he made a team-high 50 3-pointers and finished with a scoring average of 16 points per game that ranked second only to Maldonado. Mitchell — an All-Centennial League first team honoree — scored 20 or more points on six occasions with a high of 25 coming in a victory against Overland, while he had 19 prior to winter break in an overtime loss to eventual repeat 5A state champion ThunderRidge. He also dished out 2.9 assists per game to rank second on the team and his 3.5 rebounds per contest put him fourth. Mitchell earned selection for the A-Town All-Star Game for the first time.
Mitchell vs. Aurora team: vs. Rangeview (19 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds); vs. Hinkley (9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists); vs. Eaglecrest (11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists); vs. Grandview (18 points, 4 rebounds); vs. Overland (25 points, 3 assists); vs. Cherokee Trail (23 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists); vs. Eaglecrest (24 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists); vs. Grandview (13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists); vs. Overland (18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists); vs. Cherokee Trail (6 points, 4 rebounds)