Growing up in Mount Vernon, NY, Tyrone Mitchell was fond of sports from an early age; as sports being a big component of his family history throughout the generations. With multiple family members playing different sports in college as well as the professional ranks, Tyrone aspired to prove himself amongst them. From brothers Kevin Mitchell (Univ. of Bridgeport) and Keith Benjamin (Univ. of Pittsburgh), to Uncle Rudy Hackett (Syracuse Univ.), Cousin Daniel Hackett (Univ. of Southern California), & sister Jade Hackett (SUNY Purchase) Tyrone had a big task ahead of him.
Baseball was his first love. He played in his hometown's minor league where he excelled and became an instant all-star, also Mitchell played football for the Mount Vernon Razorbacks as a youth. After 8th grade Mitchell took the advise of his older brothers and pursued basketball by joining the Mount Vernon Junior Knights. The Junior Knights were a prominent youth program in the Westchester County area where players are groomed and taught fundamentals to improve their game. Also it is an opportunity to learn the Mount Vernon Knights system. Mitchell showed great promise and upside with raw athleticism and effort.
During his freshman year at Mount Vernon High School, Mitchell made the freshman basketball team, where he was a starter and was a intricate part of the team's success with his raw athleticism. His sophomore year, he made it to the Mount Vernon Knights junior varsity team. He had a slow start to the season. But midway through the year, he made great strides, earning a starting spot by showing a willingness to play defense while refining his offensive game.
During his Junior year Mitchell made it to the varsity team, he showed promise by bringing his athleticism, rebounding, and a defensive attitude to the team. Playing behind the likes of Mike Coburn (Rutgers), Sherrod Wright (George Mason), Kevin Jones (West Virginia) and Jabari Hinds (U-Mass), Mitchell learned a lot about what it means to earn playing time and the effort it takes to compete at the highest level.
The Knights were a national powerhouse reaching #4 in the national polls for high school varsity basketball in the U.S. The team played a national schedule, traveling all across the U.S. to play against the nation's top programs. Some highlights include a trip to Hawaii to partake in the Honolulu classic, as well as a two-week trip to China to play against some of the country's best high school talent and also take in their culture. Mitchell played SG/SF on the Mount Vernon Knights basketball team, earning two letters, led by varsity head coach Robert Cimmino, where he won two Section One titles, two regional championships, and the New York AA State championship in 2007.
Mitchell went on to Sullivan County Community College, playing two seasons from 2008 to 2010. During his tenure at Sullivan County, the generals won two regional championships and made a national tournament appearance in 2010. Mitchell played an important role, providing an offensive punch (7.2 ppg) as well as a defensive presence (2.3 spg) as career averages.
In 2010, Mitchell transferred to SUNY Cobleskill. During his first season for the Fighting Tigers, Mitchell was able to make a name for himself showing promise. His senior year, he was named the men's basketball team's Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 season. Mitchell led his team to the conference playoffs, but lost in the first round of action. He led the team in scoring and was the Team Captain.
Most recently, Mitchell competed in the ABA (a U.S. professional league). In his rookie year, he was the second leading scorer on the Bronx Holy Flames (18.6)—led by head coach Ronnie Oden—earning the team's Rookie of the Year for the 2015-16 season.
Mitchell recently Visited Gorizia, Italy to partake in the prestigious Dudi Krainer summer Jam 2016 tournament. This was the 23rd year of the tournament which host some of Italy's top talent from Series C, B, A2, & A1 leagues from different parts of the country. The tournament also gives players from America and other nations the platform to showcase their talent against top competition. Mitchell showed well averaging 19.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.3 spg, and 1.7 apg as well as leading his team to the semi-finals where they played a tough opponent but ended up losing a heart-breaker in the dwindling seconds.
Mitchell is currently a free agent in search of a new professional basketball team with FIBA, for the 2016-17 season.... show moreless