There have been some great twin duos in the history of college basketball. In recent years, there's been Marcus and Markieff Morris at Kansas; both now play in the NBA. Robin and Brooke Lopez at Stanford, who also are in the NBA.
Let's also not forget the Plumlee brothers at Duke. Also, the Griffin brothers who starred at Oklahoma. The latter two weren't necessarily twins, but you know what I mean.
On Friday afternoon, it was made official that another set of twins could become the next great brother duo in the history of college basketball.
Makhi and Makhel Mitchell, 6-foot-9 forwards from Bishop McNamara High School (MD), pledged their commitment to Head Coach Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins.
“We both liked the fact that Coach Mark Turgeon offered us as the only bigs in the class of 2019,” Makhi told ZagsBlog about why him and Makhel chose Maryland.
A five-star prospect, Makhi is ranked 39th overall in the Class of 2019 while Makhel is ranked 101st and is a four-star recruit according to 247.
Growing up 40 minutes away from College Park, the Mitchell twins lived and breathed Maryland basketball from a young age.
"It's been a dream for us going to Maryland since we’ve been watching them since 6th grade," Makhi said.
Standing at 6-foot-9, Makhi and Makhel are very similar in how they are built but differ in what they can do while on the floor.
The more talented of the two, Makhi is a versatile big man who can finish inside and also has shown flashes of great versatility out on the perimeter. Makhi isn't considered to be a deadeye from the outside, but he has proved he can score both inside and outside the paint.
On the other hand, while Makhel lacks some of the skills Mahki possess from 12 feet, and beyond, he's just as much as of a force inside as his brother is. With his wide body and frame, Makhel will be a tough matchup for every big man in the conference if he keeps focusing on improving his inside game.
While the commitment of these two twins is excellent for the Terrapins talent wise, it's also credited with the great success Coach Turgeon and the rest of the coaching staff has accomplished this offseason on the recruiting front.
The Mitchell brothers are the first two commits in the 2019 class for Maryland, but 2018 four-star talents Jalen Smith and Aaron Wiggins have both made it official this offseason they will be playing their college ball in College Park.
The foursome of Smith, Wiggins, the Mitchell twins, and rising freshman Bruno Fernando gives Maryland fans a lot to look forward to in the coming years coming out of the frontcourt.
Already these four will be a talented bunch, but there very well may be another fantastic player to add to that group.
The 'Terps are in the running for one of the best big men in the class of 2018 in 7-footer Moses Brown. The No. 12 overall prospect in the class according to 247, Maryland is the Crystal Ball leader at this point for Brown at 70% with Kentucky in second at 20% and Louisville in third with a 10% chance.
It's uncertain how much the decision of the Mitchell twins factors into Brown's recruitment, but the addition of Mahki and Makhel give Maryland an extra boost with the impressive work they've done on the recruiting trail as of late.