Ballin' is a Habit is reporting that former Hoya prospect Tony Mitchell may not graduate high school this weekend and may not be heading to Missouri as originally planned.
Mitchell, one of the top players in the Class of 2010 transferred to Pinkston High School in Dallas, Texas, from the Center of Life Academy in Miami, Florida last summer . Pinkston did not accept many of Mitchell's credits since the Center of Life Academy is a private school accredited only by the home schooling association, and not recognized by the Dallas School District. So, in an obvious homage to Billy Madison, the Pinkston principal let Mitchell take a series of nine tests to make up for the missing credits. As News 8, a Dallas TV station reports:
Sources said he took the equivalent of nine course make-up exams in two days - five of them over a two-hour period. Mitchell passed every test, and - in just a matter of hours - went from being a freshman at Pinkston to qualifying as a senior.
Unclear how he fared on business ethics.
(More on Mitchell after the Jump)
After News 8 started asking questions, the miraculous credits were supposedly stripped from Mitchell and he will be short of the required semester hours to graduate this weekend. An official ruling from the Dallas School District is expected shortly.
What makes the story even more awesome is an excerpt found on the Center of Life Academy's website, courtesy of News 8:
OUR ATHLETIC PROGRAM FEATURE ONE OF THE BASKETBALL PROGRAM IN THE NATION. OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS OUR TEAMS HAVE COMPETE AT THE HIGH LEVEL...
Interestingly, the same mantra can be seen on the Syracuse website.
Who the freck from Georgetown recruited Mitchell despite all these serious red flags, you may ask. Well, our favorite former assistant David Cox was the lead recruiter! Mitchell could be the second Cox prospect to fail to qualify for college, Latavious Williams was the first and last year he ended up playing in the NBDL before declaring for the draft. Maybe Cox's departure was a good thing after all?
And for those wondering why we are still talking about Cox - there is absolutely nothing else to talk about until Georgetown officially names a replacement.