Tony Mitchell (203 cm, North Texas ’13) is heading to Metros de Santiago (Dominican Republic-LNB). This marks the fourth team for Mitchell this season, all in different parts of the world. He most recently played with Star Hotshots (Philippines-PBA) where he appeared in just eight games. The Philippine team gave him plenty of time on the floor as he averaged 36.0 mpg. Mitchell scored 21.3 ppg while grabbing 14.4 rpg and 2.9 bpg.
To start his 2016/2017 campaign, the big man began the season with Maccabi Haifa (Israel-Winner League). The team included him on the roster for 17 games where he scored 10.7 ppg with 5.5 rpg in 23.1 mpg. Mitchell departed the team in early-February. Limoges CSP (France-Pro A) then brought him onboard but he failed to make the team after the Pro A preseason.
Mitchell has come a long way since being a highly ranked high school recruit in the class of 2010. Originally, he signed with Missouri as a five-star recruit. The big recruit never made it to Missouri due to academic failures and was never allowed to play with the team. So, Mitchell then transferred to North Texas where he was forced to sit out a year and forfeit his freshman season. Once he was able to return, he created a ton of hype at his new school but once again Mitchell underachieved with scoring totals of 14.7 ppg as a sophomore and 13.0 as a junior.
His athleticism and potential were still much in tack and he decided to enter the 2013 NBA draft. The Detroit Pistons picked him with an early second round pick but he never found his way with the team. Detroit kept him around for two years but playing time was sparse and the team eventually released him. Never again did he play another minute in the NBA.