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There is something to be said about earning your way. Some people are handed success, others take it. Dee Mitchell … yeah, he took it.
The Oklahoma State guard went from walk-on to scholarship player on Sunday. And the most impressive part? He earned himself a free education while keeping up being a student athlete and working at Walmart as a produce stocker.
In fact, his day job is what was allowing him to go to college. Exactly one year after starting that journey, Mitchell has achieved a rare feat. Talk about some dedication, right? Check out the incredible story, which was posted on Oklahoma State basketball’s official Twitter account.
Nobody works harder than Dee Mitchell. He joined the Cowboys as a walk-on this day in 2019, and is paying his way through school thanks to his job at @Walmart.
— OSU Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) January 18, 2021
One line from head coach Mike Boynton while presenting Mitchell with the opportunity of a lifetime: “Nobody has exemplified what I want our program to be more than you have.”
Guys, that’s the dream right there. To not only earn a scholarship, but to be recognized as someone who reflects the culture a coach wants to have within his or her program. That is amazing, and it’s something Mitchell should be proud of.
“This means everything to me,” Mitchell said in response to the news. “I didn’t know what was going on. It was a real surprise. It was breathtaking. It felt like I was in a movie or something.”
He isn’t a guy who is going to make the impact some want on game days, but he is someone who help shapes a program behind the scenes.
Very cool moment for him.
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