When Tony Mitchell committed to Kansas State back in November of 2008, nobody knew much about him. A 6-foot-7 native of Texas, the class of 2010 combo forward who is prepping at Miami (Fla.) Center Life Academy, Mitchell backed out of his verbal pledge right before July and proceeded to go on a great run during the open evaluation period.
While Mitchell is still considering the Wildcats, he decided that he had moved a little too quickly.
"I just kind of rushed into it," said Mitchell. "It was something that I did too quickly and I just needed to look around."
Since reopening his recruitment, Mitchell has been quite impressive. An elite level athlete with incredibly long arms, he elevates quickly for slams on the interior and is a super rebounder. He runs the floor, can attack off the dribble and is a capable shooter from outside even if he does have a little bit of a low release on his shot.
Happy with his play, Mitchell thinks that there's still room for improvement.
"I think I need to be stronger and rebound more," said Mitchell. "It's just about playing harder and being more consistent."
Not surprisingly, Mitchell has heard from a slew of schools. Among those who had entered the fray by the end of July were Maryland, Arizona State, Texas, Texas A&M, Depaul and many others are expected to jump on board.
Among those chasing Mitchell most aggressively is Travis Ford and his Oklahoma State staff. But, for now, the emerging forward would like to avoid speaking about specific schools.
"Basically I'm just researching everybody," Mitchell told Go Pokes. "I'm looking at everybody that wants to look at me."
So, what exactly is Mitchell looking for?
"I'm looking for a place that plays run and gun," said Mitchell. "Just an offense where they really get up some shots."
Now that July has passed, Mitchell will take some time to sort things out. His mother's opinion will weigh heavily on his decision, but that doesn't mean he isn't willing to get away from his Texas roots (again) for college.
"I'm still open to other schools getting in," said Mitchell. "I'm looking at playing time, that's going to be important. Distance and things like that don't really matter. It would be great to get back close to home, but it doesn't really matter."