NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: North Texas PF Tony Mitchell
|06.23.13 at 5:58 pm ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.
Position: Power forward
School: North Texas
Weight: 213 pounds
Achievements: All-Sun Belt second team (2013), All-Sun Belt first team (2012), Sun Belt All-Tournament team (2012), Sun Belt Freshman of the Year (2012)
Key 2012-13 stats: 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.7 blocks
What he brings: According to SB Nation’s scouting report of Mitchell, he has ‘the size of a power forward and the athleticism of a shooting guard.’ He has a 7-foot-3 wingspan and is an explosive leaper, making him an excellent shot-blocker and rebounder. He is strong around the rim and fights through contact to score from in close. He shot 43.9 percent from 3-point range his freshman year at North Texas.
His numbers dropped during his sophomore season of 2012-13. The knock on him is that he was lazy on defense last season and tended to stand and watch on the defensive glass. Mitchell also struggled with defensive positioning at times and got lost in dead ball situations. He is a raw prospect but could be the steal of the draft depending on how he responds to a professional environment.
Notes: Mitchell, who hails from Dallas, committed to play at Missouri out of high school in 2010. However, he had some NCAA issues related to his academics (due mainly to a stint at Center of Life Christian Academy in Miami, a non-accredited prep school), so he instead chose to play as a partial qualifier at North Texas. If he is selected in the first round, he will be the first player to spend his entire college basketball playing at North Texas to do so.
Video: Here is a highlight video of Mitchell.
And here is a feature video on Mitchell finding his home in North Texas.