A big week for Tony Mitchell


North Texas sophomore forward Tony Mitchell (13) stretches out to grab a loose ball ahead of Louisiana-Monroe forward Trey Lindsey last season at the Super Pit. Mitchell is participating in the Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy for the top 10 post players in college basketball this week in Chicago.

Tony Mitchell is expected to be in the NBA in a matter of months.

The UNT sophomore is getting what could be a heck of a preview of his future this week.

Mitchell was invited to the Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy that began today and runs through Saturday in Chicago.

The camp one in a series run by Nike Elite Youth Basketball. There are also camps for guards and forwards. The top players from each are selected to participate in the LeBron James Skills Academy next month.

I talked with UNT head coach Tony Benford a little about the camp this morning.

Benford said just participating will be huge for Mitchell from a developmental standpoint. Stoudemire attends the camp and helps coach some of the best college players in the game.

The roster for this year’s camp has yet to be posted, but here are a few guys who participated last year: Anthony Davis of Kentucky, Thomas Robinson of Kansas and Jared Sullinger of Ohio State.

Yeah, it’s pretty much a who’s who list of college players nationally.

The hope for Mitchell is that he does well enough in the camp to receive an invite to the LeBron event in Las Vegas. It would be great for his development and in turn great for UNT, which is going to try to squeeze every last drop of publicity¬†and production — not to mention an NCAA tournament bid — out of the Mitchell era.

Here’s a link to the website for the camps: Nike camps

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