Tony Mitchell Signs With Defending Champs Golden State Warriors
Mitchell Gets Second Chance At NBA Dream
Golden State Warriors Release
DENTON – Former men’s basketball standout Tony Mitchell has signed a free agent contract to play for the defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors.
Mitchell will have a second opportunity to play in the NBA after being drafted by the Detroit Pistons, becoming the highest NBA draft pick in North Texas history at No. 37 overall (seventh pick of the second round) back in 2013.
Mitchell, 23, spent the majority of the 2014-15 season in Puerto Rico with Atleticos de San German, where he tallied 10.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 27.9 minutes in 22 games. The Dallas product also appeared in six games for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA D-League last season, averaging 8.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in 24.8 minutes per contest. With the Pistons, the 6’8 forward appeared in 21 games in 2013-14, averaging 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 3.8 minutes per game.
Mitchell played two seasons with the Mean Green 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.
The Golden State Warriors will go into training camp with a roster of 19 as Mitchell will wear No. 8 and will be competing for a roster spot with power forwards Kevon Looney (UCLA) and James Michael McAdoo (North Carolina).