by Waylon Galvez
NLEX has signed Tony Mitchell as its reinforcement for the mid-season PBA Commissioner’s Cup, believing the former Star Hotshots import can help the Road Warriors bounce back after their failure to get past the elims of the Philippine Cup.
NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre disclosed yesterday he was given the green light to sign up the 6-foot-9 Mitchell, who played for the Star Hotshots – now the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok – in the Commissioner’s Cup during the 2017 Season.
“We like what he brings to the table. From the management standpoint, and particularly coach Yeng Guiao and his coaching staff, we’re confident that he’ll be able to help us,” said Dulatre.
“He works hard every practice and every game, and knowing coach Yeng, that’s what he wants to a player. We’re just excited to have him soon after he finishes his stint in Taiwan,” he added.
Mitchell is currently playing as reinforcement for the Fubon Braves in Taiwan’s Super Basketball League (SBL). With averages of nearly 18 points and 11 rebounds per game, Mitchell has helped the Braves reach the semifinal round of the tournament.
The 27-year-old Mitchell, a former pick of the Detroit Pistons during the 2013 NBA Rookie Draft, will only be available for NLEX after his stint in the SBL.