Arkansas lands Rhode Island transfer to forwards Makhi, Makhel Mitchell

Arkansas is having double fun in its latest transfer gate dive, bolstering the front yard with the addition of former Rhode Island forwards and brothers, Makhel and Makhi Mitchell. The Washington, DC duo have signed and will have two more seasons of eligibility.

Makhi Mitchell (6-9, 230) started 27 games for the Rams last season while playing 24.1 minutes per night. He averaged 9.9 points per game on 52.2% shooting from the field and 30.4% on 23 attempts from beyond the arc, while shooting 7.3 rebounds, delivering 1.5 assists and blocking 1.4 shots.

He recorded seven double-doubles during the season for Rhode Island and scored in double figures 17 times. He scored 13 points and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds in an early-season win over Bryant and had 16 points and 11 boards on Feb. 12 in a big win over Davidson.

In his first season at Rhode Island in 2020-21, Makhi was averaging 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game before suffering a season-ending knee injury in December. He also started his career at Maryland, appearing in just two games.

Makhi was a 4-star prospect, the No. 69 player overall and the No. 2-ranked player at DC coming out of high school in the class of 2019, according to 247Sports. He is currently rated as a 5-star transfer and ranks No. 21 overall, according to EvanMiya.com.

Makhel Mitchell (6-10, 245) started 26 games and played 26.5 minutes per game last season. He averaged 10.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.4 blocks per game on 50.2 percent shooting from the field for the Rams this season. He scored in double figures 18 times, including a season-high 20 points against Tulsa and UMass and recorded a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds against VCU on Feb. 8.

In 2020-21, Makhel averaged 9.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 23 starts for Rhode Island. He started his career as a true freshman at Maryland in 2019-20, where he appeared in 10 games for the Terps. Mekhel was a 3-star recruit and DC’s No. 3 player in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports. It is rated 4 stars and available transfer #66, according to EvanMiya.com

Arkansas had two players on last season’s roster who topped 6-7. Over the past week, the Razorbacks welcomed a trio of newcomers who are at least 6-9 in an effort to add length, athleticism and depth to the front line. The Mitchell twins are capable rim runners who add value as pick-and-roll threats and finishers off the dunker spot, but will also add to the defensive reputation the Hogs have built over the past few seasons. Both rank in the top five on the Portal in terms of projected defensive impact, via EvanMiya.com.

The Mitchells became the latest additions to what is a stellar incoming talent pool for an Arkansas program that is being projected by prognosticators far too early to challenge for a national title next season after back-to-back trips to the Elite Eight. They join fellow forward Trevon Brazile (Missouri) as off-season commitments through the transfer portal.

The Razorbacks will also host the No. 2 incoming freshman class in the nation, which includes a trio of five-star McDonald’s All-Americans in No. 6-ranked guard Nick Smith Jr. (North Little Rock, Ark.), No. 14 overall point guard Anthony Black (Duncanville, TX) and 18th-ranked forward Jordan Walsh (Cedar Hill, TX).

Additionally, the Razorbacks bring three more top-100 freshmen in four-star combo guard, No. 57, four-star Derrian Ford (Magnolia, Ark.), No. 85, small forward Barry Dunning (Mobile , Ala.) and four-star No. 88-ranked small forward Joseph Pinion (Morriton, Ark.).

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