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‘Brothers’ keepers’: 6-foot-9 identical twins navigate joys, challenges of hoops stardom

By By Samantha Pell, Washington Post, 02/27/19, 11:15AM EST


Wilson opens DCSAA tourn play tonight (2.27.19) vs Cesar Chavez

Makhi Mitchell found himself sitting on the hardwood with his back against the basket stanchion and the basketball tightly guarded in his arms. The 6-foot-9 senior center for Wilson High School had just ripped the ball away from a smaller defender and tumbled to the floor, only to have a crowd of players quickly surround him.

In a split second, onlookers at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Southeast Washington stood up to watch the expected scuffle. But as Makhi’s 6-foot-9 identical twin Makhel helped him up and away from the tense situation during the D.C. Interstate Athletic Association championship game in mid-February, Makhi couldn’t help but crack a smile