Tony Mitchell continued to help his cause at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago today.
Mitchell caused a stir on the first day with a windmill dunk and caught the attention of teams and media members covering the event with a 38 inch max vertical jump (he put up a 33.5-inch standing vertical). That is a better mark than Clippers star Blake Griffin put up in 2009, when he jumped 37 inches.
Here is the highlight from the ESPN:
Mitchell talked a little about his game and his future after he was through with drills for the day. Comcastsports.net has the highlights here:
The knock on Mitchell has always been his motor. He didn’t always play as hard as he could have. Mitchell was asked about what teams are trying to find out about him heading into the draft.
Mitchell said his effort level was the biggest question.
“Am I going to give it my all on every possession?” Mitchell said. “This season I was going up and down and cruising. These guys are looking at my effort [level] and how I work.”
Mitchell will continue to mature, especially now that his livelihood is on the line. Or at least one would hope so. Once he gets into the NBA, he will have some pretty strong influences in terms of fellow players and coaches. He won’t be able to cruise in the NBA.
He certainly didn’t look like he was cruising today.
The Blazers seemed to notice. He’s talking with team officials today, according to Chris Haynes, who covers the team for Comcast SportsNet Northwest:
North Texas PF Tony Mitchell interviewing w/ #Blazers today. Projected early 20s. Says most teams questioning him re: effort in college.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 17, 2013