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Crisp Academy hoops star Mitchell inks with Mercer

Madi Mitchell taking talents to Division I Mercer

Crisp Academy basketball star Madi Mitchell, second from right, signs her national letter-of-intent Wednesday with Mercer University. Mitchell is joined by, from left, Crisp County assistant coach Kami Faircloth; her mom and head coach, Gina Mitchell; and her father, Mark Mitchell. (Special to The Herald)

Crisp Academy basketball star Madi Mitchell, second from right, signs her national letter-of-intent Wednesday with Mercer University. Mitchell is joined by, from left, Crisp County assistant coach Kami Faircloth; her mom and head coach, Gina Mitchell; and her father, Mark Mitchell. (Special to The Herald)

CORDELE — Ask Crisp Academy star Madi Mitchell about her role in the Lady Wildcats’ three straight GISA state championships, and the Herald Super 6er humbly brushes off her individual accomplishments in a way uncanny of a champion.

Her stats and titles, however, speak for themselves: four trips to the Final Four, three state titles and 2,572 career points — and still with one season to go.

Now she can add a Division I scholarship to her résumé.

Mitchell, the cornerstone of Crisp Academy’s dynasty on the basketball court, accepted a full scholarship with Mercer University on Wednesday on the first official day the senior could sign.

“I was finally glad to be able to get it off my chest,” said Mitchell, who verbally committed to Mercer back in the spring. “Now I can look forward to my senior season and going for another championship.”

Mitchell has started since she was in eighth grade and has career averages of 21 points and 10 rebounds, but when asked about her impact on the Crisp program in the last five years, she instead credited her teammates.

“We have been lucky,” she said. “We work really well together. Every year we have had outstanding seniors that have been leaders. They have made our team work. We were only as good as them. Hopefully this year with our six seniors we can finish it out and win.”

Gina Mitchell, Madi’s mother and coach, said it was a bittersweet moment to watch her daughter sign her national letter-of-intent.

“I told somebody (Wednesday) that I am not only losing her, but I am losing five other seniors after this season,” Gina said. “We are excited about this year, and think it’s going to be a great year.”

At 6-foot, Madi has been the anchor of the Crisp team the past four years.

“Madi has been a big presence inside,” Gina said. ”When we play teams who don’t really have a big girl, you just keep feeding her inside.

“I think her biggest thing she has improved on is learning post moves over the years and being physical down low. Over the years, she has worked on her outside shot, too. She has tried to become an all-around player.”