Mar 6, 2012; Hot Springs, AR, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forward George Fant defends a shot attempt by North Texas Mean Green forward Tony Mitchell (13) during the finals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at the Summit Arena. Western Kentucky defeated North Texas 74-70. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
The freshman forward would have been a first-round pick in 2012, but a strong sophomore season could push him into the lottery in 2013.
The North Texas basketball program received a great bit of news Monday, when it received word that star freshman F Tony Mitchell would be returning to school for his sophomore season:
North Texas freshman Tony Mitchell, a potential first-rounder, will stay in school -- sources told CBSSports -- cbssports.com/collegebasketb…— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) April 9, 2012
Mitchell, an athletic 6'8 235 freshman, was the most highly touted recruit in North Texas history, a Top 20 player in the Class of 2010 from Dallas who originally signed with Missouri but wasn't able to get eligible.
He averaged 14.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks on 57% shooting this season, bringing NBA scouts in droves to North Texas. He would have likely been a first-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
His decision will put the Mean Green on the national radar next season and they will likely start the season right on the outside of the Top 25.
For more on why Mitchell is such an intriguing prospect, check out an exclusive scouting report from SB Nation Dallas columnist Willie Funk.