Missouri Tiger head basketball coach Mike Anderson rounded out the early signing period in a big way on Tuesday, when he announced that “Five Star” wing Tony Mitchell (Dallas, Texas / L.G. Pinkston) has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Mizzou.
Mitchell is the fourth member of Mizzou’s recruiting class, joining Kadeem Green (Charlotte, N.C./United Faith), Rick Kreklow (Columbia, Mo. / Rock Bridge) and Phil Pressey (Dallas, Texas / Episcopal).
Mitchell will fit Anderson’s fastest 40 minutes in basketball. He is a McDonald’s All-America candidate who played his junior season at the Center of Life Academy in Miami, Fla., where he averaged 17.2 points and 8.1 rebounds. The Texas native moved back to his home state this summer and will finish his high school career at Dallas’ L.G. Pinkston High School for head coach Nick Smith.
Mitchell is currently rated the #15 overall player in America by Rivals.com and is Missouri’s highest-rated recruit of the past 15 years, surpassing former NBA first round draft pick Linas Kleiza, who was rated #17 in America in 2003.
Mitchell is the second player from the state of Texas to sign with Missouri in the past week. He is rated the #2 overall player in Lone Star State, just ahead of another MU signee, Phil Pressey, who is listed at #3. Mitchell is also the nation’s #3 overall small forward by Rivals.com.