TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's high-flying dunk artist Tony
Mitchell honed his skills with the help of a backyard trampoline
and video games.
The Crimson Tide sophomore's father, Tony Mitchell Sr., says his
son learned moves by watching video games and dragged the family's
basketball goal next to the trampoline to practice dunking.
Mitchell's unconventional methods, and jumping ability, have
paid dividends. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward has helped vault
Alabama into Southeastern Conference title and NCAA tournament
He ranks among the league's Top 10 in five categories, including
scoring and rebounding. Mitchell also leads the team with 50 dunks.
He's coming off an eight-point game against Auburn, only the
second time this season Mitchell has failed to reach double digits.