2012-13 COLLEGE STATS
- Long athletic forward
- Explosive leaper
- Great speed and quickness for a forward
- Excellent motor
- Very good rebounder
- Excels in transition
- Can guard multiple positions
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING AROUND THE WEB
Apr 2 Update: While Mitchell's season wasn't one to write home about, a number of scouts are predicting he'll increase his draft stock during team workouts and at the NBA draft combine. "The talent is all there," said one NBA scout. "At the very least he's going to rebound and defend for you. I think you for sure gamble with him in the late first round."
After sitting out the 2010-2011 season due to academic issues, Tony Mitchell had a promising freshman year for North Texas last year in spite of some glaring weaknesses in his game. Unfortunately for Mitchell, he took a major step back in essentially every area of his game as a sophomore, seeing his production and efficiency plummet in literally every major statistical category despite actually seeing a slight increase in minutes.
It’s pretty clear that North Texas’ coaching change (Johnny Jones went to LSU, and was replaced by former Marquette assistant coach Tony Benford) affected the squad very negatively, as after losing in the Sun Belt conference Tournament finals last season, the team went 7-13 in-conference and bowed out in the first round of the tournament after being blown out by 8-12 Louisiana Lafayette.
Athletic combo forward with an intriguing skill-set ... Runs the court extremely well and is a frequent target for lob passes in transition ... Solid size for either forward position, standing about 6'8" with a long wingspan ... Displays the quickness/versatility to guard multiple positions at the next level ... Blocks a lot of shots (averaging 3.0 per game at the time this profile was written) and creates a lot of turnovers ... Really tough to score against at the college level, and has the potential to be an even better defender with added experience ... Is a relentless rebounder both offensively and defensively ... Already has a 20-20 game under his belt (February 11th at Florida Atlantic) ... Solid scorer as a freshman ... Has become a proficient spot-up shooter out to the college three-point line ... Is quick and decisive in the post ... Faces up well against slower defenders ... Active without the ball ... Creates opportunities for himself by making strong cuts to the basket ... Has solid instincts as a passer ... Plays the game with a lot of passion on both sides of the court ...