Remember the days when you were a kid and your mom would yell at you for bouncing the basketball inside the house? Yeah, Mike and Mickey Mitchell have never had that problem. The highly touted brothers, who will both be attending Plano West (Texas) High School next year, have the ultimate advantage over their peers: They have a basketball hoops inside their house.
Instead of building an indoor gym or having the two boys go play basketball at the local rec center, the boys' parents decided to dedicate a family room in the house to basketball, putting up two regulation hoops on either end of the room.
As the Dallas Morning News reported, the room certainly looks like its been used since the family moved to the area from Florida. It currently has walls that have holes from games that got a little too rough. The room gets more than enough use from the boys, who play games of 21 in the living room whenever they can.
Needless to say, the Mitchell boys are living every kids dream with a couple of hoops in their house. While it may seem odd to dedicate an entire area to basketball, one look at Mike and Mickey will have you thinking the court in the house was a good investment.
Mike, who's currently 6-5 and weighs in at 222 pounds, is built like a tank, and has already gained a following. As the Dallas Morning News noted, his eye-popping 40-inch vertical has him pegged as a top recruit going into his junior year.
But it may be Mickey, a 6-8 freshman, that is the most talked-about basketball player in the family. He's already ranked as one of the top freshmen in the country, and will almost certainly make waves at Plano West this season.
As you can see above, there's plenty of reason for all the hype.
And for the first time in their basketball careers, the Mitchell boys will get a chance to play together on the same court this season at Plano West, something I'm sure will be a lot more exhilarating than teaming up together for a game of two-on-two in their family room.
With a court in their house, the boys definitely have an edge over their peers this season. When most players are sleeping or can't get a game because the gym is closed, Mike and Mickey will be able to walk down the stairs, pick up a ball and practice when they want. That's what I call a home-court advantage.
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