Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas
A year ago, Mitchell was a darling of scouts because of his ridiculous production on the glass and blocking shots. Scouts were especially impressed by Mitchell’s offensive production as a freshman, 57% from the field and 44% from beyond the arc.
Athletically, Mitchell can match up with players on the perimeter or the post and is not afraid to challenge them.
With his 7’3″ wingspan and explosiveness, Mitchell is seen as a plus defender in the eyes of many in the NBA, capable of defending multiple positions. However, Mitchell’s decision- making and instincts can be questionable at times.
Offensively, Mitchell is at his best in transition where his speed and ability to finish set him apart from most other players.
This season Mitchell’s production is down across the board and his shot selection has been atrocious, having doubled his 3-point attempts while shooting just 29%. Considering Mitchell does not play in a power conference, scouts have been down on him this season, and barring a late-season surge Mitchell is a mid-to-late first-round pick.
James McAdoo, PF, North Carolina
One season ago, McAdoo looked like a breakout star playing behind Tyler Zeller and John Henson. Over the summer many, including myself, speculated that McAdoo could be a top-5 pick. Unfortunately, McAdoo has not dominated like many had hoped and while expectations may have been too high for the sophomore more questions have been raised about his pro prospects.
Offensively, McAdoo is most comfortable facing the basket. Not overly athletic and preferring finesse to power has led some to wonder whether McAdoo will be a 4 in t,he NBA. But based on his inability to shoot 3s, he will need to be a power forward.
On the other end McAdoo is not a shot blocker but has good hands and can disrupt bigger more plodding opponents. From a rebounding standpoint McAdoo is solid but lacks the athletic ability and length to be dominant. At this point in the season McAdoo appears to be a late lottery pick that could slip somewhere into the top-20, barring a dominant February and March.
Patric Young, PF, Florida
Young is the quintessential athletic marvel. From the moment he arrived in Gainesville, Young had a NBA body and oozed with potential. After his freshman season, some NBA scouts argued he could be a lottery pick based on his potential and size. However, stepping into the the starting spotlight has shed light on Young’s weaknesses.
Make no mistake, Young will never be a player that commands touches in the NBA. Raw would be a good adjective to describe his offensive ability, but at 21 it is hard to say he will make major strides.
Where Young excels is on the defensive end where his length, athleticism, and lateral mobility allow him to make an impact. Young is a solid shot-blocker but not as dominant as one would hope. Physically, Young can man up well with defenders due his strength.
While there has been little improvement from his sophomore to junior seasons, Young could still contribute in the NBA. At this point it’s hard to see Young going anywhere before the late first round.