Tony Mitchell Signs With Maccabi Hunter Haifa For 2016-17
Former Mean Green NBA Draft Pick Heads To Israeli Basketball Super League
DENTON – Former North Texas men’s basketball standout Tony Mitchell has signed to play professionally with the Maccabi Hunter Haifa team of the Israeli Basketball Super League for 2016-17, announced Tuesday by the club.
Mitchell, 24, has appeared in 28 contests this summer in China for the Guangxi Rhinos and is averaging a double-double on 17.5 points (71.1 percent from two-point) and 12.3 rebounds to go along with 1.8 assists and 3.7 blocks per game (third in the league).
The 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward signed with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors during the 2015-16 preseason before being released to join Cocodrilos de Caracas in Venezuela where he averaged 15.8 points while shooting 36.1 percent (39-for-108) from three-point range, 8.3 rebounds (fourth in the league), 1.6 assists, 2.4 blocks (second in the league) and 30.6 minutes in 51 games. He lifted his team to a Venezuelan championship, earning 2016 Latinbasket.com All Venezuelan LPB Center of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
During the 2014-15 season, Mitchell appeared in 22 games with Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rico, where he tallied 10.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.0 blocks (second in the league) in 27.5 minutes per game. He also played six games for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA D-League that season, averaging 8.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in 24.8 minutes per contest.
Originally selected by the Detroit Pistons with 37th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Mitchell appeared in 21 games with the Pistons in 2013-14, averaging 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 3.8 minutes per game. As a member of the Pistons, Mitchell faced Maccabi Haifa on October 8, 2013 in a preseason matchup at the Palace of Auburn Hills, chipping in three points and five rebounds in 19 minutes.
A native of Dallas, Mitchell played two seasons for the Mean Green from 2011-13 before turning pro in 2013. He owns the school record for most blocks in a season (87) and career blocks (157) in just two seasons. He was a two-time Sun Belt all-conference player and was named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year in 2011-12. Mitchell finished his collegiate career with 20 career double-doubles and scored in double figures 42 times.