I hope to catch Tony Mitchell at practice in the next couple of days to ask him about how the Amare Stoudemire camp went this weekend.
ESPN was there and listed the UNT sophomore as one of the standouts of the camp that included the top 10 college big men in the country.
Eamonn Brennan, who writes for ESPN’s college basketball blog, quoted one scout on Mitchell in his rundown of who played well at the event:
“If he can improve offensively, he will be able to make a lot of money.”
Well, that’s the plan. Mitchell developed quite a bit under former UNT head coach Johnny Jones and his staff who got the former Dallas Pinkston standout into school, settled in and playing at a pretty high level. Jones and his guys handed the baton to new UNT head coach Tony Benford, who has developed a ton of NBA players.
Benford has laid out a plan to help Mitchell develop as an NBA prospect.
In a side note, this couldn’t have turned out much better for everyone involved from Mitchell (he gets another influence in Benford after working with Jones), Jones (he got his dream job at LSU) and Benford (he gets a future NBA first round draft pick to work with in his first season at UNT).
I mentioned when I blogged about Mitchell being invited all the top NBA draft picks who were at the camp last year.
The list of players who were there this year was not available at the time, but here are a few: Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas, Michigan’s Trey Burke and Creighton’s Doug McDermott, who incidentally was also one of Mitchell’s teammates on the U.S. team at the FIBA U-19 World Championships.
That’s some pretty good company for Mitchell to be keeping.
Benford said working out at the camp would do Mitchell a whole lot of good in terms of his development.
I’m sure that was the case.