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Tony Mitchell

  • Full Name: Tony Mitchell
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-9 / 236
  • Birthdate: April 7, 1992
  • College: North Texas
Detroit Pistons Round 2: Pick 37

- Thirty-Seventh Pick: Tony Mitchell
- Draft Interview: Mitchell

- Big-time run/jump athlete
- 7-3 wingspan
- Can play either forward spot
- Good shot blocker
- Good rebounder

- Perimeter shots needs to become more consistent

NBA projection
Mitchell has been projected as a late first-round pick, though draft analysts believe his stock dipped after a sophomore season during which his offensive numbers weren’t as good as the year before. But Mitchell was as good or better defensively, and he’s a rugged rebounder. Those two skills alone will allow him to be an NBA contributor.

2012-13 Season
Early injuries to perimeter players allowed North Texas opponents to collapse on Mitchell, so his second-year offensive numbers weren’t as robust as they were in 2011-12. Still, he put together a second-team All-Sun Belt season and led the league in blocked shots. His defense at the rim helped North Texas lead the Sun Belt in field-goal defense inside the 3-point line.

Key statistics
13.0 ppg | 8.5 rpg | 0.8 apg | 2.4 tpg | 0.9 spg | 2.6 bpg | 32.4 mpg | .300 FG | .323 3PT | .675 FT

Cool statistic
In just two seasons, Mitchell set the North Texas career blocked-shot record (157). He blocked a school-record 87 in 2012-13.

Reminds me of...
Thomas Robinson

What Insiders Say
North Texas coach Tony Benford
“With the injuries we had to our perimeter players so early on this year, I don’t think everyone got the chance to see what Tony can do because teams were able to sag their defense in on him. On the defensive end of the floor, Tony leads the league in blocks and changes the way teams operate, and I think he’s the best defender in the Sun Belt.”

What Outsiders Say
LSU coach Johnny Jones
“He’s capable of playing all five spots. He’s a great ball-handler. He’s a really good passer. He rebounds the ball extremely well. He’s explosive with his reach. He’s a very versatile player.”

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