CHARLESTON, S.C. - As one of Charleston Southern's three returning starters, senior Cortez Mitchell knows he'll be counted on to help lead a young squad in 2017-18.
"I've worked a lot on ball handling, defense, vision of the floor and especially being a better leader," Mitchell said of his offseason focus. "I'm talking more and just being a leader for all the young guys."
Mitchell played his best basketball of last season at the tail end of the year, helping CSU win three of its final four regular season games before claiming another victory in the opening round of the Big South Championship. He was the Bucs' third leading scorer and showcased the explosive dribble penetration ability that made him a highly sought after prospect coming out of Mississippi's Pearl River Community College.
Mitchell learned plenty through his first season of Division I hoops.
"Probably three-point shooting and my overall understanding of the game is where I grew the most," Mitchell said. "I really learned more about basketball than I thought I already knew."
"As a team, we have the ultimate goal of making the NCAA Tournament," Mitchell said. "Individually, I just really want to lead the country in assists and lead this team to a lot of victories. All the young guys work really hard and love to play defense so I feel like they can us right away. We're really excited about our team."