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Posted On: 05/18/18 8:00 AM
Twin Falls’ Mitchell Brizee established himself as one of the top bigs in the state last season as a junior and since his season finished he has been hard at work improving his game even more so.
Brizee’s successful junior season ultimately earned him First Team Great Basin honors and was capped off by a dominant performance in his team’s consolation final victory over Bishop Kelly where Brizee ended with 22 points (tied for the game-high) going 8-of-9 from the field, 2-of-2 from 3-point range, 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. It was an excellent end to a season that started out tough as Brizee and his team went 1-5 but finished 15-7 with a worthwhile three game showing at the state tournament.
Brizee is primed for a big senior season along with teammates Ryan Ball and Faust Ystueta who both will be returning and were leaders of this team. We expect this squad to make some noise come tournament time next season for sure.
Looking back on last year, Brizee told Prep Hoops Idaho what stood out in his mind, “I felt really good about my season. We had good chemistry as a team, and I was proud of what we accomplished. My highlight, personally, was making it to it to state and competing at that level.”
Brizee is a big (we have him listed at 6-foot-8 in our rankings) who can step out side and hit jumpers while running the floor well too. His game is evolving nicely and he is becoming increasingly tough for opposing teams to game plan for. With ample size, surrounded by quality teammates and a good coaching staff, the sky is the ceiling for Brizee seemingly. But, it all comes with hard work as Brizee himself notes is of the utmost importance to him as well as he dished on what he’s been working on lately.
“I have been working on finishing around the rim, ball handling, and expanding my shooting range. I have also been lifting weights in order to increase my presence in the paint,” Brizee added.
In terms of this Spring, Brizee has been active, “I’ve been playing for Eastern Washington Elite 17U Red and working out in the gym. I have also been visiting colleges,” Brizee told us.
Brizee will likely be a target for schools of various levels as he enters his senior year, where the focus will be on what he and his teammates can put together as a final senior season together at Twin Falls. But first, Brizee has busy Summer plans in his sights. “I am looking forward to June ball with my high school team, travel tournaments in July with my club team and various camps,” Brizee concluded.
Stay tuned to this rising big man out of Twin Falls as he will surely be a name to continue racing up our rankings.