Returning nearly their entire team, Woodlan is going to be at the forefront of the Allen County Athletic Conference race for the 2019-2020 season. One of the players returning to the lineup for a third year as a varsity player is Mitch Mendenhall.
Mendenhall averaged 12.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals over 23 games a season ago. Although Mendenhall is more of a guard than a forward, he is able to play both ways and has a grit in getting to the basket, where he found his way to the free throw line 101 times last season. Mendenhall has the ability to hit in the midrange, but his toughness draws him to contact at the basket, scoring at a 46 percent clip inside the three point arc.
Don’t expect Mendenhall to draw back his pressure, he is good at forcing opposing teams into mistakes whether it is creating chaos in passing lanes or with the aforementioned desire to put pressure on defenders at the rim. He will need to clean up his fouling that is caused by his hard play, but you can’t complain about the effort involved.
“He is a relentless player that creates so many opportunities for himself and teammates through sheer effort,” says Woodlan coach John Baker. “Mitch has put a lot of work into his game and, as a result, his game has expanded to the point where he can put the ball on the floor and score the basketball. You will be hard pressed to find a player that plays harder than Mitch.”