April 13, 2018
DENTON - The North Texas women's basketball team has announced the signing of junior college all-American Velma Mitchell Friday afternoon.
Mitchell, a 5-foot-9 guard, who was named the 2017 Junior College Player of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, earned national accolades while playing the last two seasons at McLennan Community College. She will join the Mean Green this coming season with two years of NCAA eligibility remaining.
"Velma brings with her collegiate experience, leadership, maturity, skill and the long lost art of the mid-range game," said head coach Jalie Mitchell. "She is a true triple threat, which make her tough to game plan for. She has a great understanding of the game and she is a clutch performer and an exceptional teammate."
In her first season at McClennan, Velma Mitchell averaged just under 18 points per game while leading the Highlassies to a deep run in the NJCAA Region V Basketball Tournament in which she averaged nearly 25 points per tournament game.
After the season, Velma Mitchell's awards began to pile up.
Along with being named the Texas Junior College Player of the Year, Velma Mitchell was named an NJCAA All-American, WBCAJC All-American, the NTJCAC Player of the Year and NTJCAC Newcomer of the Year. She was also named first-team all-conference and all-region.
"Velma's contagious energy will spread quickly as she makes an immediate impact on our team," Jalie Mitchell said. "She was born to do this and fans will love her competitiveness, confidence and willingness to give back to the game what the game has given to her."
Velma Mitchell joins a North Texas team that featured one of the nation's top defenses, holding opponents to just 56.2 points per game, nearly a 10-point per game improvement from the previous season. Velma Mitchell will add a serious scoring threat to the Mean Green roster that was looking to bolster their offense that ranked middle of the pack in conference.
In addition, Velma Mitchell will take a load off the Mean Green's first-team all-conference selectee Terriell Bradley who averaged over 18 points per game and scored the third-most points in a single season in program history last year.
The Mean Green posted their first winning season in 12 years last year and reached the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament.
"Velma knows what is needed in every situation and it is a strength that will help us take even bigger strides toward our goal of winning a championship," Jalie Mitchell said.