SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University men’s basketball head coach Mike Madagan has announced the signing of Winter Springs stand out Spenser Mitchell to the Lions’ 2010-11 roster.

Mitchell, a 6’8”, 200 lb. addition from Winter Springs High School, helped guide the Bears to consecutive regular season and tournament championships his junior and senior seasons.  During his final season in Seminole County, the two-year starter led his team in field goal percentage (76 percent), rebounding (8.5 rpg) and in charges taken (54).  During 2010 he averaged 6.2 points per game along with a block per contest.

“We are delighted to have a young man of Spenser’s caliber join our program and University community,” quoted Coach Madagan.  “I have followed his progress for several years now and have always been intrigued and impressed with how hard he competed, and his willingness to play a selfless role in doing the things it takes for his team to be successful. There is no doubt that will continue here at SLU.”

His team finished as regional semifinalists in 2009 and made the regional quarterfinals in 2010.  He finished his career ranked as the fourth-best 6A player in Florida according to floridahoops.com and second in 6A according to Tampa Bay’s TBO.com.  He solidified his spot as one of the top recruits in the Sunshine State when he bucketed 17 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and blocked five shots in the 2010 Senior Showcase All-Star Weekend, resulting in his claiming of the showcase’s Most Valuable Player award.

He will begin taking classes at Saint Leo in August and will start practicing with the Lions in mid-October.  SLU will begin their 2010-11 campaign on Friday, November 12th when they participate in the Sunshine State-Gulf South Conference Challenge in Valdosta, Ga.