Countdown to the Draft: 60 Prospects in 30 Days by JNixon (32&31)
32: Tony Snell, 6’7 198, SG/SF, New Mexico, Jr.
At 32, we have the next guy in a long line of New Mexico Lobo wing prospects, Tony Snell. The Darius Miles look alike is an early entry guy, who progressed steadily each season in the Mountain West conference. Honorable mention All-MVC as a Soph and Jr. Physically, Snell is pretty nice. He stands a legit 6’7, which is good for a swingman, and he also has an impressive 6’11 wingspan. He’s a lanky, thin guy though at 198 lbs, and needs to put on more weight and get stronger, but he seems to have some wiry strength. Athletically, Snell is decent as well. He is more fluid than explosive, but he has an effortless, rangy stride and decent quickness, speed and leaping ability.
On offense, Snell’s main role in the NBA is going to be as a jump shooter….He has a sweet shooting stroke and he moves without the ball to get his shot about as good as any prospect in this draft…Shoots a high arcing ball…Looks good coming off screens and shooting…Plays a very smooth game…Has the length and high release to get his shot off effectively, and has a consistent form and uses his lower body well…Nice pull-up jumper when faced with aggressive closeouts…Is a bit of a streaky shooter though, and sometimes doesn’t have any effect on the game if his shots don’t fall…Not the type to really shoot a bunch of shots to get himself out of slumps, which is good, but he also doesn’t really look for ways to make up for his shots not dropping often times…Nothing special as a ball-handler…Doesn’t look to create his own shots off the bounce that often, but when he did he wasn’t really that bad….Some question his aggressiveness, but I think its partly because he doesn’t have a disposition that changes much, but it’s also because he doesn’t seem confident creating his looks at times…I would like to see him get more aggressive about putting the ball on the floor, because he can finish impressively at times, especially with his length and decent leaping ability…Does struggle around the rim at times though, do to his thin build and not great explosiveness…Underrated, steady passer and doesn’t really make too many bad decisions…Unselfish….His stats weren’t through the roof in college, but it was mostly due to the kind of ‘spread the wealth’ style Steve Alford had…Would be a good fit for a run and gun team or a half court team…Some list him as a SF, but Snell seems more like a 2 guard to me, even though his length allows him some position versatility…Wont get to the free throw line a lot, but he is a good foul line shooter....Has the look of a solid role playing wing
Defensively, Snell didn’t stand out much at the college level, but his size and athletic tools have some thinking he could develop into a very good NBA defender…He has the size to defend SG’s and SF’s, but he doesn’t really create turnovers much at all…Needs to show more assertiveness on this end to reach his potential…Also needs more strength…A pretty lackluster rebounder on the wing as well
Overall, Snell has 1 skill to hang his hat on and that is his jumper…He is a pure shooter who can hit shots off screens, spotting up, or basic 1 or 2 dribble pull-ups…Also, Snell has the ability to be a very nice NBA defender and a guy who can defend/play both wing positions….His aggressiveness and energy level need to improve, and the fact that he isnt the most confident or impressive ball-handler also as hindrances….I think Snell could be a late 1st round selection for a team looking for a specialty player, and his skills really translate well to the NBA. He plays a very controlled and smooth game, and doesn’t really ever seem to force action.
31: Tony Mitchell, 6’9 236, PF, North Texas, rSoph.
Mitchell is one of the most disappointing prospects in this draft, especially when you compare his talent level to his expectations prior to this season….Mitchell was originally a very highly touted recruit from Dallas who committed to Missouri out of HS to play under former head coach and current Arkansas head man Mike Anderson…Due to being academically ineligible, Mitchell had to sit out his true Fr. season…Shortly after being declared ineligible, Mitchell decided to transfer and landed in the Sun Belt conference playing for current LSU head coach Johnny Jones at North Texas…While he sat out a year, he played on the u19 USA Select team and was a good rebounder on that squad, and showed his athletic and physical tools as well, which was cause for optimism. Had a pretty impressive rFr. Season, and was a very productive for North Texas. Many thought he should’ve declared, but he returned this past season and regressed across the boards after a new coaching staff came in. Now there are a lot of questions about him. Sun Belt Fr. of the Year in 2011-2012. 1st Team All Sun Belt as a rFr, 2nd Team All Sun Belt as a rSoph. Physically, Mitchell looks extremely impressive. He is a 6’9 forward who has put on 15 lbs to an already impressive frame since his Sr. year of high school. Wide shoulders and an outstanding 7’2 wingspan. Pretty good bulk as well. Can still put on around 10 lbs and be fine athletically. Athletically, Mitchell is also a monster. He has an incredible 38” vertical as a 6’9 player, and shows terrific quickness, explosiveness, speed and coordination right now.
On offense, Mitchell has a skill set that is still a bit behind his physical tools…Right now, he is a bit too fascinated with facing up and showing a perimeter game, but he’s definitely better and more effective the closer he is to the rim…The jump shooting numbers he has a Fr. (44%) made him FAR too confident this season….Maybe he thought scouts would want to see his perimeter game a bit more this season, and some do think he has the potential to be a SF in the long term…Has a ways to go to make that transition though….Fluctuates from being too reliant on his athletic and physical gifts to make plays, to being too likely to settle on plays….Is a magnet for lobs or missed shots on the rim, and at his best is a great finisher…Finishes above the rim often, and is very explosive when he does…His jump shot isnt the best, but he can occasionally stick the J from 22 ft out…Should look to develop his mid-range more than his long range though, and if he would get more consistent with his 15 ft shot, he would be tougher to guard…His shooting form isnt bad and he has an adequate enough to develop into a decent shooter, but right now he settles for jump shots way too often…Can be seen on the perimeter with his feet nailed to the court, arms stretched out and hands open, when he should be making life miserable at the rim for his less gifted matchups…Pretty passive player…At times on the court he seems very disinterested and blends in far too much, especially for the level of competition he plays at…Not the high energy player, a coaster…Really had all the ability to be a double double machine of just natural ability alone, but failed to dominate….No reason a guy with his gifts should shoot 43% playing in the Sun Belt Conference, at all…Not even if his dog died…Not a skilled post player and is mostly a guy who tries to use his leaping ability or quickness to score over or around you…You do have to watch out for his dunks though, definitely can make posters out of people…Ball handling is kind of loose…Really doesn’t look to slash to the rim much or create his own shots facing the basket…I do think Mitchell would fare better with good, unselfish guards…Has the tools to be an effective transition player and could score baskets just off athletic ability and physical gifts…A nice alley-oop target, and could be a good pick and roll finisher in the future…Good offensive rebounder, and looks impressive finishing putbacks….Doesnt pass the ball much at all, and is much more likely to turn the ball over than make a good dish….Low basketball IQ…A bit raw, and simply doesn’t have the right mindset to be too high on his short-term or long term success
Defensively, he is much the same as he is on offense….A bit nonchalant and lax….Has the tools to defend 2 or 3 positions, but doesn’t have the fundamentals, effort or smarts to be as effective as he should be….Is a good shot blocker and rebounder as well… A bit foul prone…Will probably have a steep learning curve about knowing where to be on rotations, and seeing his man and the ball, etc etc
Overall, Mitchell clearly has the kind of athleticism and physical tools that teams will like, especially in the late 1st and early 2nd…He’s exactly the type of guy who is a workout warrior and whose production in college gets overlooked by his production in workouts….Teams should factor that his skill level is far lower than his tools, he plays apathetic often, his fundamentals are raw, and that he didn’t dominate at all in a weaker league despite his outstanding gifts…His athleticism and physical makeup are literally the only reason I wont write him off, but he really was a disappointment as a Soph.
...if you have 30 prospects to go and 2 days until the draft...I mean I'm no mathematician...
Lol, I will get all of them out, but proooooobably will finish after the draft. haha
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