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Tre Mitchell is “playing the best basketball of his career” with UK

Mitchell has turned into one of the biggest offseason acquisitions for any college program.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Florida Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats are one of the best teams in the nation, and while they have had some growing pains with several freshmen seeing the bulk of the minutes, the Cats have been showing tremendous talent.

While the phenomenal freshmen are what many talk about and keep their eyes on, the glue that’s helped hold this team together and prevent untimely losses has been the veterans, players like Antonio Reeves and Tre Mitchell.

In an article about some of the more noteworthy college basketball opinions, 247 Sports outlined just how important Mitchell has been for this Kentucky team, even going as far as to say he’s “playing the best basketball of his career.”

The fifth-year senior’s main use is on the defensive side of the court, although he has been scoring often and passing the ball very well.

“Kentucky’s defense forces a turnover on 19.8% of the possessions with Mitchell on the floor –– which helps fuel the Cats’ elite transition offense –– but when Mitchell isn’t in the game, Kentucky’s forced turnover rate dips to just 12.3%, per hoop-explorer. Mitchell has racked up 31 stocks (steals and blocks) in 13 games. Kentucky has unlocked the best version of Mitchell on both ends of the floor,” Isaac Trotter wrote.

Just the quote doesn’t quite do Trotter’s analysis justice.

There is far more on Mitchell in the column, but that is the most impressive feature of what Trotter wrote. Mitchell’s impact likely stretches to the locker room as well, and it has resulted in the team playing like a national contender.

The Cats have a tough SEC schedule coming in the next few weeks, so the play of Mitchell will be even more relevant for Kentucky as the season gets kicked into a new gear.