Long, Mitchell Sign to Play Basketball at LSU
BATON ROUGE — Amber Long and Khalilah Mitchell each signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the LSU Lady Tigers on the first day of the early signing period, it was announced on Wednesday by head coach Sue Gunter.
“We are very fortunate to get both of these quality players,” Gunter said. “Not only are they outstanding basketball players, but they are quality students with very good academic backgrounds.”
Long, a 5-6 point guard, hails from Irmo, South Carolina and attends Dutch Fork High School. She averaged 16 points, five rebounds and five assists as a junior last season. She was recently named one of the top five players in the state, adding to her All-Region, All-State and Adidas All-America honors.
“Amber is a point guard and is not so much a scorer as a thinker,” Gunter said. “She will score if needed, but knows and studies the game a lot. She is also an outstanding athlete on the track.”
In addition to leading her high school team to back-to-back regional championships, Long holds the school record in the long and high jumps on the track.
Mitchell, a 5-11 guard from St. Mary’s High School in New Orleans, La., averaged 18 points as both a sophomore and junior and added just over 10 rebounds per game during her junior season.
“Khalilah posses great speed and quickness,” Gunter said. “She is very athletic and had great skills with the basketball. She is a very smart player with speed to burn.”
Next season, Mitchell will be the fourth New Orleans native on the Lady Tigers roster. She will join juniors Temeka Johnson, Doneeka Hodges and Roneeka Hodges.
Both Mitchell and Long will begin their LSU careers next fall as freshmen.