UMass basketball center Tre Mitchell enters transfer portal

  • UMass sophomore center Tre Mitchell announced Monday he's entering the NCAA Transfer Portal. BRIAN MCWALTERS/ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE—

Staff Writer
Published: 3/15/2021 11:27:15 AM

Tre Mitchell’s bright future might not be at UMass.

The sophomore forward announced Monday that he’s entering the transfer portal.

“After extensive thought and conversations with family I’ve decided that at this juncture I’m going to weigh every option and have entered my name into the transfer portal,” he tweeted.

The decision comes on the heels of a standout season where he was named first-team all-Atlantic 10 and averaged 18.8 points 7.2 rebounds per game. Mitchell put up three 30-point games, including a career-high 37 against La Salle in December.

Mitchell, last year’s A-10 Rookie of the Year, missed two games with a shoulder injury late in the season but returned before the A-10 tournament. UMass won its first conference tournament game since 2018, scoring 100 points against Saint Joseph’s to reach its first quarterfinal since 2016.

After that loss to Saint Louis ended the Minutemen’s season at 8-7, Mitchell said he would take advantage of the offseason to improve his game.

“There’s some discussions to be had for next steps to me or what comes next in my career. I’m going to take advantage of this offseason,” he said after the game. “I’ve got to get bigger, faster, better. There’s still a lot of areas I’ve got to improve in my game. I’m going to continue to do that. I believe everything will fall into place.”

In order to enter the transfer portal, student athletes must inform their school in writing. It was created in 2019 to “provide student-athletes with the ability to publicly declare their intent to transfer and desire to speak to other schools,” according to the NCAA’s website.

Once the student informs the school, it has two days to enter the student’s name into the portal so they can be contacted by other schools and recruited. Normally NCAA rules prohibit contact between schools and other teams’ players.

Should Mitchell transfer, he will be immediately eligible because of a recent NCAA rule change allowing immediate one-time transfer waivers.

Mitchell committed to UMass in March of 2019. The four-star recruit had offers from Power 5 schools including Georgia Tech, Illinois and Kansas State. He attended Woodstock Academy in Connecticut, the same school that seven other UMass teammates played.

UMass assistant Tony Bergeron coached the Centaurs before joining Matt McCall’s staff for the 2018-19 season. 

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