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NBA Draft 2012: Tony Mitchell's High School Coach Says He Is Staying

After Johnny Jones decided to leave for LSU, rumors began spreading around the internet that North Texas star freshman F Tony Mitchell would be following him out the door as well.

However, in a recent interview, Mitchell's old high school coach indicated that this isn't the case:

Making the decision all the more confusing is that there is another Tony Mitchell who is declaring for the NBA Draft: a 6'6 small forward from Alabama.

North Texas' version is considered the better prospect, as he put together an excellent freshman season after sitting out all of last year due to eligibility issues.

He would likely be a first-round if he declares for the draft, but he could move himself into lottery discussion next year with a strong sophomore campaign.

For all the latest news and rumors about the NBA Draft, stay tuned to the exclusive SB Nation Dallas storystream.

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