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North Texas' Tony Mitchell could've been FIU's Tony Mitchell

A couple of things from FIU's 68-61 loss to North Texas:

1. It Could've Been You -- FIU was a finalist when North Texas 6-8 freshman Tony Mitchell, the Sun Belt's leading scorer and rebounder, made his collegiate choice. A source out at Camp Mitch says Mitchell would be on the FIU bench Thursday instead of North Texas', but he was rejected by FIU as too big an academic risk.

Some of you are gawking at the screen in disbelief. Some of you are laughing at the screen because with some of the pseudo-student-athletes at FIU or any but a few Division I schools, you wonder how they got into any educational institution other than ones that advertise on "Judge Judy." Every school has actual student-athletes and a number of athlete-students.

To be fair, Mitchell signed with Missouri in 2010, got ruled academically ineligible a year ago and transferred to North Texas. So, he is an educational crapshoot. All I'm chuckling at is the thought that he's that much more of a longshot than some folks already wearing blue and gold.

That also seems funny in light of Mitchell thorwing down a one-handed, windmill, Dominique Wilkins-escque dunk, then breaking off some verbal disrespect to the FIU bench (one person at that end of the court later said it was the F-bomb).

 

2. Ilguskas in the house -- Zydrunas Ilguskas, former center for Cleveland and, last season, the Heat, was at The Branch Thursday night to check out Mitchell. Ilguskas is now a special assistant to the general manager for Cleveland, but he'll be splitting time between here and Cleveland.

3. Point/Counter No Point -- I'll likely be writing on sophomore point guard Phil Taylor for Saturday's paper and on Taylor having to deal with Isiah Thomas, a fair-to-middlin' point guard in his day, as his coach.

One thing I know is Thomas wouldn't be happy with a stat line that includes, under assists, "0." Thursday joined the home loss to Middle Tennessee as Taylor's second zero-assist game of the season. He's had three others with only one assist.

4. Jeremy Allen Almost Grand -- Senior guard Jeremy Allen is three points from 1,000 for his college career.

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What's the story with the de la Rosa kid? IT was touting him as the answer back in December, and now he's the water boy?

The men's bball team needs it own Mario Cristobal. Get rid of Thomas, he has no energy and is just cashing checks.

I'm realistic and would like to see FIU in the NIT year! Building blocks!

I'm not sure about de la Rosa. I think they thought his offensive game would be as mature as his body. It isn't. So, from my point of view, he doesn't add enough defensively to deviate from the three-guard lineup that works best offensively (with Wright healthy), which is where FIU has greater worries. Dierckx has more range offensively, is a better passer and isn't bad defensively for a freshman. So, Joey sits.

That's my breakdown. I could be wrong.

That is funny....I followed Tony's recruiting quite a bit and never heard anything about FIU being in the mix. Tony saw your 100 fans last night and your high school gym further reassuring him that FIU was not a realistic option anyway.

Joe, there's a 2010 Rivals.com article in which Mitchell and his mother state that Missouri, Georgetown, Marquette, North Texas, FIU and Cincinnati were his final six.

P'raps you weren't following as closely as you think...

ohhh I guess his "interest" might have derived from when he lived in the area and attended the Miami Center Life Academy Diploma Mill that only proved to screw up his and many other's lives. As soon as he made it home FIU was not in the cards. I would imagine (again) that he had never even seen the campus. I'll ask his mom at the next game... In breaking news (since we like to stretch) Jim Harbaugh was interviewed at North Texas in 2006 for the FB HC job. Imagine what could have been.

Imagine or guess or assume whatever makes you feel better, "Joe."

I'm with David in this one. Mitchell was looking at FIU perhaps event before UNT entered into the mix, from rivals and scout.com articles I read then.

One thing we do know is he wasn't looking at the commuter school (UM community college) in Coral Gables!! Who would want to play at the BankDump where maybe 300 show up for an ACC game.

Really SouthFLGator?

You're apparently a gator fan coming to the FIU blog to talk $h1t about scUM.
Be a digital tough guy, take it straight to Manny's blog and get out of here. Troll!

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