Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas
Academic issues kept Mitchell, a 21-year-old sophomore, ineligible in 2010-11. But the former Top 20 high school recruit, remains one of the Draft’s most intriguing prospects. He’s long, athletic, versatile and a dominant rebounder. Mitchell had seven games with 15 or more rebounds in 55 college games and averaged 9.3 per game. The belief is that he could be capable of guarding three positions at the next level once he is slotted into a position. He makes up for lacking a true position in the front court with his nearly 7-foot-3 wing span and explosive leaping ability. The drawbacks to Mitchell appear to be his drop off from year one to year two at North Texas and his lack of a consistent shot from the perimeter (.440 percent from the field last year). Most mock drafts have Mitchell going in the middle to end of the first round.
“After a disappointing sophomore season, Mitchell made some serious progress at the combine, showing off better than expected measurements alongside some terrific athleticism,” ESPN’s Chad Ford wrote. “More importantly, he had candid interviews with teams that suddenly made GMs much more comfortable in taking him. Was he just in the wrong situation at North Texas? If teams believe that, he's going to go a lot higher based on his talent.”
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