CSN Final Exam: Should Charles Mitchell be a starter?

CSN Final Exam: Should Charles Mitchell be a starter?
December 17, 2013, 3:00 pm
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As Maryland players take a week to complete their final exams, CSN is building its own final exam to evaluate the season so far, including the ups, the downs, and what might be ahead. It will be 10 questions, two each day from Monday to Friday. Think you can ace it?

Question 4: Evaluate this statement: Charles Mitchell should routinely be in Maryland’s starting lineup

a) True

b) False

CSN’s Answer: b) False

The “false” answer would seem to indicate that the reason Mitchell shouldn’t be starting is because of some kind of lack. That, actually, is false. It’s the opposite.

Considering Mitchell’s production, coach Mark Turgeon has preferred to bring the sophomore off the bench as a sixth man rather than start him. The logic seems sound. If Mitchell starts and Maryland comes out flat, who is the spark off the bench? There’s no proverbial card up Turgeon’s sleeve.

If Shaquille Cleare or Evan Smotrycz gets the start and the team comes out flat, Mitchell has proven to be a bruiser inside who can change the flow of the offense and provide some scoring and rebounding while Maryland rights the ship.

Mitchell magnanimously accepts the role and has never even so much as mentioned a desire to get into the starting lineup, sticking with the “whatever the team needs” mantra. Thing is, you get the feeling that he actually buys into it and isn’t just saying it to appear unselfish.

Mitchell is averaging 8.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season. He bounced back from a slow two-game stretch with a solid 10 points and five rebounds in a win over Florida Atlantic.

Miss the other questions on the exam? Catch up below:

Question 1: Who is Maryland's midseason MVP?

Question 2: Who should be the starting PG once Allen returns?

Question 3: What should Nick Faust’s role be?

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