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Alabama’s Tony Mitchell to enter the NBA Draft

Tony Mitchell

FILE-This Feb. 4, 2012 file photo shows , Alabama forward Tony Mitchell (5) takes the ball to the basket as Mississippi’s Demarco Cox (4) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama coach Anthony Grant has suspended Mitchell indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. Grant said Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 the suspension came about because of an accumulation of things and not one incident. He didn’t elaborate but says the decision was made after Saturday night’s double-overtime win over Mississippi. (AP Photo/Tuscaloosa News, Michelle Lepianka Carter)


This decision should come as no surprise.

Marc Spears, an NBA writer for, tweeted out on Monday afternoon “decided to enter the NBA Draft after receiving release from Alabama.” Mitchell, a junior, was suspended from the Alabama team in early February and, ultimately, given the boot after the season ended. Most expected that he would ultimately be headed for the NBA instead of transferring and having to sit out a year before playing his final season.

The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 13.1 points and 7.0 rebounds while earning the nickname “Mr. DVR” from yours truly for his array of acrobatic dunks.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.