Mike Mitchell (basketball, born 1967)

Michael Eric "Mike" Mitchell (born April 4, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player.

Mike Mitchell
Personal information
Born (1967-04-04) April 4, 1967 (age 52)
Los Angeles, California
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight229 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolMater Dei (Santa Ana, California)
CollegeFresno State (1985–1988)
Colorado State (1989–1990)
NBA draft1990 / Undrafted
PositionForward / Center
Career history
1991–1994Gold Coast Cougars/Rollers
1995–1996Brisbane Bullets
1997North Melbourne Giants
1998–1999Dragons Rhöndorf
1999–2000Besançon BCD
2000–2004Gießen 46ers
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

Mike Mitchell was born in Los Angeles, California, and attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. After graduating he attended Fresno State University from 1985-1988 before transferring to Colorado State for 1989 and 1990 where he made the 1990 All-Western Athletic Conference First-team.



After going undrafted in the 1990 NBA Draft, Mitchell travelled to Australia in 1991 where he played for the Gold Coast Rollers in the National Basketball League (NBL). His first season in the NBL saw him selected at Center for the 1991 All NBL team. After four seasons with the struggling Gold Coast club he then signed with two-time NBL Champions the Brisbane Bullets from 1995 to 1996. In 1997, he signed with the North Melbourne Giants.

On May 31, 1992, during his NBL career, Mitchell suffered an horrific injury when he smashed his right arm in anger against a wire-reinforced glass panel of a locker-room door after Gold Coast narrowly lost away to the Illawarra Hawks.[1][2] With his arm almost severed, Mitchell was found slumped on the floor in a pool of blood by Rollers teammate Ron Radliff.[1] Doubt was initially cast over whether Mitchell, who was averaging 28.5 points per game, would ever play again,[1][2] but eventually he recovered.


In the following years, he played professionally in Germany, France and Ireland. He also briefly played for the Ireland national basketball team.[3]

Post careerEdit

In 2008, Mitchell was named an assistant coach with the Women's National Basketball Association's Chicago Sky.[4][5] Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at the University of California, Riverside, and the head coach for the Ramona High School boys' basketball team.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Self-inflicted injury shelves Mitchell". Ocala Star-Banner. June 1, 1992. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Mitchell expects to return". The Albany Herald. Associated Press. June 3, 1992. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Eurobasket 2003 qualification
  4. ^ SKY: Sky Names Mitchell Assistant Coach
  5. ^ Chicago Sky Names Mitchell Assistant Coach - OurSports Central - Independent and Minor League Sports News
  6. ^ WNBA.com: COACHES Michael Mitchell Archived August 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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