Tony Mitchell, Sophomore, Small Forward, North Texas
The NCAA waiting game was a prominent story during the 2010-2011 campaign. Among the big names who were hoping to become eligible was Tony Mitchell at Missouri. The season rolled along and Mitchell was never deemed eligible. As a result, he enrolled at North Texas in January of 2011 and is eligible to play for the Mean Green after the first semester of the 2011-2012 campaign.
What was a big loss for Missouri is a huge get for North Texas. Just about everybody had Mitchell ranked among the top 15 recruits in the class of 2010. It took over a year longer than Mitchell hoped, but he will finally get the chance to show why he was so highly regarded coming out of high school where he averaged 20.5 points and 13.2 rebounds at Pinkston High School in Dallas.
The 6-7, 220 pound small forward is a little raw, but he oozes with potential. His physical talent alone will help the Mean Green compete for a Sun Belt crown right away and he certainly does not lack in athleticism, size or scoring ability. Mitchell may be viewed as a hit or miss prospect, but if he can remain focused and work on his overall game, he could be a superb NBA player sooner rather than later. The summer camp for the U19 World Championship trip should help Mitchell get back into form before suiting up for UNT and that is not a bad place to learn a few things either.
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