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This is the part where Tony Mitchell puts his mind on display. His physical gifts have never been in doubt. Physical gifts are why Mitchell began his sophomore season at North Texas as a lottery possibility and are now the reason he still has a good shot at the first round of the Draft -- despite his best efforts at playing his way out of guaranteed money. "He's the best athlete here," is how one general manager described Mitchell at the Chicago pre-Draft combine a couple weeks ago, a gathering of most of the top prospects. "It's not even close. He's a freak of nature." NBA.com

Mitchell readily admits that he gave into the gloom of a 12-20 season at UNT and a coaching change, when the proper response would have been to fight through it. "I feel like since our season was so tough, I couldn't get up for the games somewhat," he said. "We had a losing record, so it was tough for us to get up for games, for everybody. At the same time, I tried to be a positive influence each and every game. There's no excuse for that. Effort is yourself and individually. It's really no excuse. I just have to show them that I can give effort now." NBA.com

Front offices are weighing multi-million dollar investments, and with Mitchell, they have to decide on a player who should have crushed the Sun Belt Conference on athleticism alone yet struggled to deliver consistent energy. Not that Mitchell doesn't regret how he handled things. "Most definitely I do," he said. "This is the same question every time. I wish I could have changed it. But at this point I can't. I just have to keep going, keep on going forward and just work hard." He was asked what he would have changed most of all. "I would just change my effort," Mitchell said. "How I competed each and every game. Not go up and down and just have a straight path and just go straight. Keep playing 110 percent each and every day. "I think it hurt [his Draft stock] a lot. With me being a top-five pick in the beginning of the season, from where I'm at now, I think it tremendously hurt me." NBA.com

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Tony Mitchell, a Milwaukee native who grew up in Dallas, and former South Milwaukee player Trey McKinney Jones headline the Bucks' six-player draft workout Wednesday at the Cousins Center. The 6-foot-9, 236-pound Mitchell played two years at North Texas State and averaged 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds. His numbers declined from his freshman to sophomore year. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Also expected to work out Monday are Patriot League player of the year Mike Muscala of Bucknell and Summit League player of the year Nate Wolters of South Dakota State. They are scheduled to be joined by Mississippi forward Reggie Buckner, North Carolina swingman Reggie Bullock, Saint Mary’s guard Matt Dellavedova, Wake Forest guard C.J. Harris, Gonzaga forward Elias Harris, Providence guard Ricky Ledo, North Texas forward Tony Mitchell and Kansas center Jeff Withey. NBA.com

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This is the part where Tony Mitchell puts his mind on display. His physical gifts have never been in doubt. Physical gifts are why Mitchell began his sophomore season at North Texas as a lottery possibility and are now the reason he still has a good shot at the first round of the Draft -- despite his best efforts at playing his way out of guaranteed money. "He's the best athlete here," is how one general manager described Mitchell at the Chicago pre-Draft combine a couple weeks ago, a gathering of most of the top prospects. "It's not even close. He's a freak of nature." NBA.com

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When it comes to destination points for pro basketball players, Milwaukee ranks closer to the bottom than the top for most of them. But Tony Mitchell doesn’t really care. Mitchell, a small forward from North Texas State who is one of the more intriguing players in the draft, said he actually hopes the Bucks select him during the June 27 draft. “I like Milwaukee,” said Mitchell, who lived in Milwaukee for about five years before moving to Grand Prairie, Texas. “I was born there and I still have a lot of family living there. “I have two uncles there, I have four aunts there and my grandparents Betty and Wilbert Baker are there. “It would really be nice to play for the Milwaukee Bucks.” Racine Journal-Times

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Chris Haynes: North Texas PF Tony Mitchell interviewing w/ #Blazers today. Projected early 20s. Says most teams questioning him re: effort in college. Twitter @ChrisBHaynes

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