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Top recruit for men's basketball faces academic probe

The Missouri Tigers basketball team was hopeful about its incoming recruiting class, ranked No.6 in the country by Rivals.com and Scout.com. The high ranking is in large part due to promising forward Tony Mitchell out of Pinkston High School in Dallas, Texas.

Mitchell is currently ranked the #15 overall player in the 2010 class and comes in as the highest ranked player that the Tigers have signed in the last 15 years. However, the 6-8, 220 pound forward is facing allegations that question his academic eligibility.

The Dallas Independent School District is investigating 8 out of 14 transfer credits that Mitchell brought from his old school. Mitchell transferred from the Center of Life Academy in Miami after his junior season, and reportedly completed the equivalent of nine make-up exams in two days, qualifying him as a senior at Pinkston.

The loss of Mitchell would be a serious blow to the Tiger recruiting class, but the school should not incur any penalties should Mitchell face ineligibility. MU Athletic Department officials are withholding comment until the investigation is complete.

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