NBA Comparison: Stephane Lasme
Strengths: Mitchell is a versatile defender, who was a key member of a Virginia squad that led the nation in scoring defense this past season, allowing just 55.7 points per game… Can guard on the perimeter and in the post. Also, a good team defender… Held his own defending some of the top scorers in the country, including Duke’s Jabari Parker and NC State’s T.J. Warren… Not a great shot blocker (0.9 blocks per 40 minutes this past season), but often forces opponents to take difficult shots… A solid rebounder, averaging nearly 11 boards per 40 minutes this past season… Boxes out well and hustles to keep balls alive off the offensive glass… Is very alert and has great anticipation – rarely out of position when defending and rebounding… Has solid athleticism, including a 35.5-inch vertical… Improved his shooting percentage every year at UVA, topping off at .561 as a senior… A typical Tony Bennett player – heady, scrappy, unselfish, and team-oriented…
Weaknesses: Mitchell is a very limited offensive player, with most of his points coming on put backs, cuts to the basket, and close-range jump hooks. According to Hoop-Math.com, 68.4 percent of his shots last season came at the rim… Averaged less than 7 points per game in three of his four years at Virginia, including his senior season (6.8 ppg.)… Can put the ball of the floor and has a passable stroke, but he doesn’t look to score, passing up on some good opportunities… Poor free-throw shooter – made less than 52 percent of his attempts in three of his four season at UVA, including a brutal mark of 42.7% as a senior… A bit undersized for a power forward (6’8.5’’ and 230 lbs., with a reach of 6’11’’)… Needs to add muscle to succeed at the next level…
Notes: Finished his four-year UVA career ranked third all-time in games played (133), seventh in rebounds (798) and tied for 14th in double-doubles (15)… Named to the 2013-14 All-ACC Defensive Team by the ACC Coaches… Averaged a career-high 13.1 points and a team-leading 8.9 rebounds per game in 2012-13… As noted above, Mitchell faired well defending the likes of Parker and Warren. In a total of three games vs. UVA this past season, the two opposing star players combined to shoot 13-of-44 from the field (29.5%) and scored just 35 points (11.7 ppg.)… Measured 6’8.5 (in shoes) 232 lbs, with a 6’11.5 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Big Man Skills Academy
Outlook: Mitchell has a lot of positive intangibles, solid athleticism, and defensive skill and versatility. However, his lack of offensive prowess may prevent him from being drafted. He sorely needs to develop his mid-range shot and his dribble-drive game. He also needs to add muscle to compete inside against the big boys. If he can do that, a solid career as a role player could be in the cards.
Richard Harris 6/24/14
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