Monday morning notes and links (Tony Mitchell follow-up, watch lists out)

As one would expect, there was some good information that came out today in the wake of the Pistons’ summer league debut.

Tony Mitchell finished with seven points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in a win over the Brooklyn Nets. He hit all three shots he took from the floor, although he did miss one of his two free throws.

The Pistons came out with a video highlight package of the game. Here’s a link.

It’s an extra click, but the way the video is set up, I can’t include it on the blog.

Mitchell has a dunk and a block in the video.

Pistons assistant coach Maz Trakh had good things to say about Mitchell after the game while talking to Keith Langlois, who runs the Pistons’ official website.

“He can get a little over the rim, which is pretty nice,” Trakh told Langlois. “I know Detroit’s the Motor City, but we’ve got a motor player in him. He just goes after everything. It’s fun watching him play, because he’s a sponge. Any time you call him over or any time the coaches talk to him, he picks something up and then he does it the very next play. You’ve got to be happy with him.”

I thought that was an interesting comment considering the way people criticized Mitchell’s motor during his sophomore season at UNT.

Langlois, who we will likely cite a lot during summer league action that the regular newspaper beat guys don’t cover, also made a good point about what is coming up today.

Yep, today’s action includes the Tony Mitchell (UNT product with the Pistons) vs. Tony Mitchell (Alabama product with the Boston Celtics) showdown at 2 p.m.

And on the football front, the Maxwell Football Club has put out a couple of award watch lists — one for the Maxwell Award (player of the year) and the Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year).

There are no guys on either list from UNT, but there are several from teams the Mean Green will face this year, including Ohio (Beau Blakenship), Ball State (Keith Wenning), Georgia (Todd Gurley and Aaron Murray), Louisiana Tech (Kenneth Dixon) and Tulsa (Trey Watts) to name a few. There are also a few players UNT used to face in the Sun Belt on there, including Kolton Browning of Louisiana-Monroe, Antonio Andrews and Andrew Jackson of Western Kentucky.

One could make a case that UNT linebacker Zach Orr deserves a spot on the Bednarik Award watch list. He has had a great career at UNT, but the Mean Green has struggled. Jackson was a first-team All-Sun Belt pick last year, while Orr was a second-team selection.

You never know. That could provide a little motivation for Orr/UNT.

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