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Is Tony Mitchell a Grant recruit? If so, it's hard to believe he's not buying into the system.
Pretty sure TM originally committed to xCMG then re-signed with CaG's first class after spending at year in prep school.
As for why he hasn't bought in - hard to say. TM is wired to be very emotional and gets frustrated easily. He has shown signs of "buying in" over the past 3 years, particularly during NIT last year where he showed obvious signs of respecting CAG's authority more.
I've speculated before that playing out of position and having to spend so much time banging down low with much bigger 4's has possibly physically and emotionally worn on him - escalating his disposition to be easily frustrated.
Wouldn't be shocked if he has people around him who may be filling his ears with ideas that he isn't being used properly - maybe suggesting that it is affecting his pro future.
Again that's all speculation on my part...could be 100% wrong
Yes, and he had already re-signed with Alabama when Grant was hired. He basically had to take him.
I would agree with you on previous seasons but not this year. You make a very good point and that's why I think Gerald Wallace hated he came to Bama in that situation.
Imo, Grant let this go too far. I've been watching Tony inbound the ball and walk up the court way too often. One night he was late getting down and Green had got trapped and had only 3 people to work with. I disagree with the folk that say he's selfish (atleast that way on the court). I do believe he isn't as talented as some think. Yes he's extremely athletic and strong around the rim. Yes he's shown he's a good spot up shooter, but his timing of when to turn it on or off is horrible. Example, and this is the case for any player on any level. As a shooter you get open and the pass may come later than needed. Well, some guys still shoot based on the fact they WERE open instead of faking the guy and getting closer. I haven't seen Tony pump fake a player since he's been there.
Now ofcourse his suspension isn't based on pump fakes. Yet, I think his frustrations are wrapped all up in it because he hasn't put the game together in his head. That's the coaches job, but a guy has to be coachable.
I'm pulling for Tony, but I'm happy to see Grant giving CH some quality minutes. The ball moves better and we get better shots when he's on the floor. He may not block shots but he gets after your ass on defense.
I should've made that more clear. I saw those "signs" last year, but unfortunately not so much this year. Which is why I made those speculations of outside influences affecting him. He really seemed like he had turned the corner during NIT last year. I had huge expectations this year and have defending him a ton on this board, trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. But he has worn on even me.
You could see a difference in him this season earlier and he was having success. Earlier in the season he got more work at the 4 he seemed to be playing with a level head.
There is a big time disconnect between Tony/Jamychal and the SEC officials. It reminds me of Iverson while he was with the Sixers. The tension on the court is intense. It's even passed along to Grant and Releford. I say Grant's gotta handle that but I'm sitting here typing, not coaching.
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