LSU's Mystery Man
LSU forward, Tasmin Mitchell, once a McDonald's All-American in 2005 and taught of to be a player that would be one and done, due to his already NBA body at 18 and his array of skills, has fell in obscurity. In the 2007-2008 season, three games into his Junior campaign, Tasmin suffered a stress fracture in his left ankle, which required him to have season ending surgery. He received a medical redshirt from the NCAA, which gave him two more years of eligibilty. In his "second" Junior season (this season), the 6'7 240 pounds forward, is averaging 15.6 points a game, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 steals, while shooting 55% from the field, 50% from three point land, and 74% from the charity stripe (free throw line). Mitchell is definitely displaying his versatile game at hand this year. Alot of people don't know he was the third go to guy behind Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Tyrus Thomas, for LSU in the 2005-2006 season, the year LSU went to the Final Four. That season, Tasmin's freshmen year, he put up 11.4 points per game, 5.6 boards, 2.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Hopefully NBA scouts can get back on the Tasmin Mitchell bandwagon, because he and fellow LSU tiger, Marcus Thornton, is surely carrying the Tigers on a ride, most likey ending up in the "Big Dance".
For those who may think I copied this from an article, think again. I'm a basketball junkie that reads about basketball news every single day, so eventually I just started writing like a journalist, and it doesn't hurt that English is my favorite subject, so yeah the post above is all me.
I though youre second post was kind of weird. I dont think anyone questioned that you wrote the first post, but anyway Mitchell is solid he should take a couple more threes too. 50% from the arch but only on 12 attempts more of an inside guy though.
Personally, I've always thought that Tasmin Mitchell was a great college player and a potentially good NBA forward. He is good at everything but not great in any one category although he has been shooting the lights out this season. I feel that both he and Marcus Thornton are two of the most underrated players in all of college basketball and are a great 1-2 punch on a much improved LSU team. I think that Don's analysis in the first post was very good, by the way man, im a newly registered member to the site but ive been reading posts for a while and for the most part I agree with just about everything you have to say and you give great insight, keep up the good work man
Mitchell will be a good pro he has all the tools you need in a quality 3 man.I like the fact that he has had to stick around the college game longer than expected to refine his game. His jumper is getting better and I like his physical nature. He has been a very hard worker and it shows because he has improved by leaps and bounds. Don anybody who blogs on this site knows you know your stuff. You that guy, just keep on blogging brother I''m also a basketball junkie so I enjoy reading your blogs.
To rgiller and los507: Thanks for the love and yeah, I'm going to keep on blogging. lol
Both are nice but thornton has a lot of offensive talent, real versalite...they both should get lots of looks from nba squads
To jorrye24: I see u have Iguodala as your display picture, so I assume u most watch the Sixers a lot. Well Marcus Thornton to me, reminds me of Willie Green. Their both undersized combo guards, that has a knack to score, don't really have long range jumpers, but goes to the rim at will to score.
Don, do you watch LSU play?
"Marcus Thornton to me, reminds me of Willie Green. Their both undersized combo guards, that has a knack to score, don't really have long range jumpers, but goes to the rim at will to score."
Marcus Thornton jacks up 5.2 3pt attempts per game. He shoots 40% from 3. Willie Green never shot that many 3's in a season in college and never came anywhere close to average 40% from 3.
50% of Marcus points come from the 3 or from the free throw line. 266 of his 528 points. Rim at will?
I don't know where ya'll are coming up with these comparison besides boxscores and height/weight measurements. LSU has been on ESPN twice this year, they had a regional coverage on one FSN game. Then there's been 4 games on CST which is local Cox Sports Television. Then there was a televised game versus Alabama on Raycom. So unless you're an LSU fanatic or an alum... and you're paying to see through LSU's Geaux Zone. You have only watched LSU twice if three times this year unless you live locally.
Don, usually agree with you, keep postin. Theres only a few regulars on here who aren't just lookin to curse people out, so I got love for all them. I haven't really seen either of em play, Just wanted to think more about that LSU final four team who made me an assload of money, because I was the only one In america who had them beating Duke in the sweet 16 in my bracket. JJ crying made me so happy, it really did.
Yea thats a real good comparison..he is like a willie green or maybe a tony allen for boston
Have any of you actually followed LSU this season?
Tasmin is playing more in the post this season because we lost Greg Monroe to Georgetown. Greg Monroe was going to be an LSU commit until John Brady got fired. LSU plays 3 guards with Tasmin at forward and Chris Johnson at center. There is absolutely no frontcourt depth on that team.
If you're questioning Tasmin's range, look at '06-'07 where he went 41-109 for the season. I'm pretty sure 109 attempts is a good sample size. He improved his 3pt% by 8% between his freshman and sophomore seasons. Tasmin has range for an NBA small forward.
Against Arkansas last night, LSU played 5 guards, 1 center, and 2 forwards. 2 forwards... you didn't read that wrong. Their 8 man rotation has 5 guards. Tasmin is playing out of position for the team. The rotation was larger at the beginning of the season but the top 8 has almost always been 5 guards. He's been one of the toughest and most unselfish players LSU has ever had.
Despite playing power forward and being enveloped by other teams' frontcourts, he's averaging career highs in rebounds, blocks, and FG%. He's so respected by LSU coaches, sports administration, and fans that he was selected to LSU All-Century (first 100 years of LSU basketball) team after just two seasons. He was the 20th best prospect of his class coming out of high school and his godfather is the longtime assistant coach at LSU. Basketball is in his blood.
If you think Marcus Thornton has the most potential on the LSU squad, you haven't watched them play this year. You haven't watched them play in the last 2-3 years. Tasmin is probably the only real deal on that squad. Chris Johnson has a long way to go. Marcus Thornton as an undersized 2 guard would be lucky to have Tony Delk's career instead of JJ Redick's... and both those guys were far better while they were in college than Thornton has ever been. And Marcus Thornton's handle and decision making is suspect as evidence in his 5 turnover game in a tight game with Mississippi State and his 6 turnover game in a tight game with Arkansas.