I have never met a guy name Mitch that I liked, nor have I ever met a guy named Mitch that I did not like. I have never met anyone named Mitch. The closest I have ever come to meeting a guy named Mitch is watching Billy Crystal’s character in City Slickers, and I guess the sequel.
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Anyway, Mitch Hahn comes to the Mavericks from Fremont, Nebraska after sitting out a year after transferring from Holy Cross. Hahn was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Nebraska as a senior in high school, averaging a double-double. Out of high school he reportedly had scholarship offers from North Dakota and Central Arkansas, according to Verbalcommits.com. I remember wondering if Omaha was ever going to offer him a scholarship, there appeared to be “interest” but never heard anything that he actually had a scholarship offer from the Mavericks out of high school.
In Hahn’s one season at Holy Cross, he played in 23 games and averaged 4.7 points and 2.2 rebounds. In those 23 games, he did have 3 outings in which he got into double figures for scoring. A 22 point game against Albany where he shot 8-of-9 from the floor on 6-of-6 from three. Excuse me, baking powder? 6-of-6 threes? Hahn also had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 blocks in 26 minutes in an overtime loss to Army.
After a coaching change at Holy Cross, Hahn decided to transfer back home and was apparently recruited by Tyler Erwin to play for the Mavericks. I feel like Erwin is responsible for recruiting all the shooters for the Mavericks.
At 6’8″ you may be thinking that Hahn is going to be a replacement for Jake White, but Hahn’s game is completely different from White. White could go in and post up, and muscle his way to the foul line, hit the baseline jumper, rebound, and get called for a ton of bad referee calls. Hahn, at 205lbs, is more like a small forward. He has the ability to beat guys off the dribble and get to the basket, shoot the three, play on the wing, and find the open man.
Just get yourself excited at the prospect for every time Hahn hits a three you will get to scream HHHAAAHHHNNN!
One of the biggest keys to the Mavs’ roster in 2015-2016 was their versatility. They could play bigger, play small, go fast, or go even faster. With Hahn, the Mavericks still have that versatility. The Mavericks will be able to go with a post of Daniel Meyer and Hahn, or Tre’Shawn Thurman and Hahn, or even a little Pirog and Hahn…or dare I say a front court of Meyer, Thurman, and Hahn? That’s big. The Mavericks did go with a big lineup like this when the team had a 6’8″ Koang Doluony for 7 games in 2012-2013, which I assume was before most people paid attention.
Hopefully the Mavericks could rebound with this type of lineup, in addition to being a better all around shooting team. Hold on, I’m having a flashback to that Denver loss last season where the Pioneers got 4 offensive rebounds on one possession while Randy Reed sat on the bench with concussion like symptoms. Okay something is wrong with my heart, I have to use an Automatic External Defibrillator on myself for a minute. I attach one of the pieces to my temple, right? It’s cool, I’m certified, well actually my certification is expired but it’s really not all that difficult to get re-certified.
The Mavericks were one of the worst three point shooting teams in the NCAA last season. They got better as a team once Kyler Erickson and Tra-Deon Hollins got going in the second half the season, but the Mavericks game plan from game to game should change in 2016-2017 with Hahn and a crew of shooters on the team.
I think my favorite thing about Hahn is that he comes off as a no nonsense guy on the court. He’s not barking at the crowd, or flexing his biceps after cool plays. Just makes shots and gets back on defense. I was at the Omaha Metro Summer League when his Nebraska High School Hoops team was going up against Creighton’s Toby Hegner’s team. Hahn did not appear as if he was there to make friends, not start any trouble, but just play basketball and do what he could to help his team win. He hit threes, had 20+ points, played good defense on Hegner, and while everyone was catching their breath at halftime, Hahn was shooting jump shots in the intermission.
He’s intense. Not like the intensity of the guy that shows up to a co-rec noncompetitive softball team in baseball pants, batter’s gloves, eye make up, refuses to swing at any pitch unless it’s absolutely perfect, and yells at the umpire for making a correct call…but he seems like he could be intense. Oh, did you know that there are Trump softballs? I’m just going to let you roll with that one.