Category: Fringe Players
The Bucks have officially signed 6’6″ forward Tony Mitchell of the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants to a 10-day contract today. Per the team’s press release:
Mitchell has spent the better part of the last two seasons with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Milwaukee’s affiliate in the D-League. After going undrafted out of the University of Alabama in 2012, Mitchell signed with Fort Wayne and appeared in 48 games during the 2012-13 D-League season, averaging 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Mitchell was named the D-League Rookie of the Year and earned All-NBA D-League First Team honors following the season.
After appearing in 11 games for the Jilin Northeast Tigers in China last fall, Mitchell returned to the Mad Ants in January and has averaged 19.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in 27 appearances.
If you hit up Google in search of more Tony Mitchell information, beware that the Mad Ants have had two Tony Mitchells playing for them this season. The other, taller Tony Mitchell was picked by Detroit in the 2013 NBA draft.
In addition to playing in the D-League, Mitchell played in various iterations of the NBA Summer League for the Sacramento Kings (2012), Boston Celtics (2013, Orlando), and New York Knicks (2013, Vegas), but he has yet to appear in a regular season NBA game.
During his junior season, Alabama suspended Mitchell in February 2012 for conduct detrimental to the team. Mitchell made himself eligible for the 2012 NBA Draft, but went undrafted.
Mitchell’s 10-day contract puts him on the roster for games against Sacramento, New Orleans, Washington, Orlando, Minnesota, and Atlanta.
Mitchell, who will don jersey #18 for the Bucks, is also the two-time reigning D-League Dunk Champion.