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Prospect Profile

Tony Mitchell

  • Full Name: Tony Mitchell
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-6 / 210
  • Birthdate: August 7, 1989
  • College: Alabama
 

Strengths:
* Great athlete
* Play-of-the-day type dunker/finisher
* Good rebounder on both ends
* Physical

Weaknesses:
* Jump shot is inconsistent
* Off-the-court issues have overshadowed talent

NBA projection:
Mitchell has next-level talent, but NBA teams will have to be convinced his off-the-court issues are behind him. He’s got size and athletic ability and a willingness to rebound and defend, all commodities that could allow him to contribute.

2011-12 Season:
Tony Mitchell started off the season with a bang and ended it on suspension. After he averaged 19 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots in three games against Maryland, Wichita State and Purdue as Alabama won the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in mid November, NBA scouts were buzzing about Mitchell. His played earned him the MVP award in Puerto Rico and SEC player-of-the-week honors. Mitchell tailed off toward the middle of the season, and he was eventually suspended for “conduct detrimental to the team,” which coach Anthony Grant explained as a cumulative effect punishment.

Key statistics:
13.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.9 tpg, 1.0 spg, 1.4 bpg, 31.1 mpg, .450 FG, .311 3PT, .615 FT

Cool statistic:
In his sophomore season, Mitchell led Alabama with 63 dunks.

Reminds me of:
Alonzo Gee

What Insiders Say:
Alabama coach Anthony Grant
(Before the 2011-12 season)
"He’s got a chance to be one of the better players in our league. He’s a guy that’s as physical a small forward and as athletic a small forward as there is in the SEC."
(After 2011-12 season)
On Mitchell and sophomore guard Charles Hankerson, Jr. leaving the program: "We're appreciative of the contributions they've made to our program, and we wish them nothing but the absolute best as they pursue the next chapter of their lives and careers."

What Outsiders Say:
Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey
"The problem with Tony Mitchell is he's so good with broken-floor situations, whether it's fast breaks, steals, offensive rebounds. It's really, really hard to develop game plans for broken-floor situations like that."

Auburn coach Tony Barbee
"Their team feeds off a lot of what he does with his energy level. He's a high-energy guy. He's a difficult matchup because he can go inside and out. He runs the floor like a gazelle and he finishes way above the rim. He's shooting the ball so well from outside now, too. He presents so many different matchup problems."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

 

 

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