As a Swainsboro, Ga. native, Tony Mitchell is used to being a big fish in a small pond. The 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing spent last week at the NBPA Top 100 camp showing that he can get used to being a big fish in a big pond, too.
Mitchell was sensational in Charlottesville, finishing at the top of the scoring column at the prestigious camp featuring a majority of the country's top high school players. Despite being a top 60 prospect by Rivals.com, Mitchell was still a bit of national sleeper heading into the camp. Those days of falling under the radar may be over.
"I guess everybody knows about me know," Mitchell said. "I guess that's good but I don't want people to know about me. I still want to sneak up on them some more.
"I've been working out a lot and I've been waiting to get out there and play against a lot better competition. I had to raise my game."
Mitchell certainly raised his game. He said he anticipates more schools trying to make a push to get involved in his recruitment.
"People call everyday," Mitchell said. "There will probably be more next week and in July."
However, Mitchell says those that are trying to get involved will have to take a number. Alabama and Cincinnati are his top two and have been for a while. The Crimson Tide have a connection with a fellow Peach State native.
"With (Senario Hillman) there, I know a lot about them already," Mitchell said. "I took a visit out there and I like their campus and they can get you some help with tutors. And I like their campus and their dorms. Everything was nice there."
Cincinnati is his next stop (he'll be on the Big East campus in July during an AAU tournament). Mick Cronin and his staff has made an impression despite Mitchell's absence from the campus.
"I haven't been to their school yet but I like their coaching staff," Mitchell said of the Bearcats. "They seem like they are really cool."
Mitchell said he hopes to have a decision by the end of the summer.