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Todd Mitchell: Toledo’s Hero & Ambassador on the Global Stage



In the annals of Toledo, Ohio’s rich basketball history, few names shine as brightly as Todd Mitchell. His journey from the high school courts of Toledo to the international arenas of professional basketball is a testament to unwavering determination and remarkable talent.

A Local Hero Emerges

Todd Mitchell’s basketball journey began in the heart of Toledo, Ohio. A product of St. Francis de Sales High School, Mitchell quickly distinguished himself as an extraordinary talent on the hardwood. However, it was in 1983 that he etched his name into Ohio high school basketball lore by leading St. Francis to the prestigious Ohio High School State Championship.

The 1983 State Championship victory was a crowning achievement for Mitchell and a point of pride for the entire Toledo community. It signaled the emergence of a basketball prodigy destined for greatness.

Purdue Boilermakers: The College Years

After leaving his mark on the high school scene, Todd Mitchell took his talents to Purdue University, where he played for the Boilermakers from 1984 to 1988. His collegiate career was a masterclass in versatility, scoring, and tenacious defense.

Mitchell’s contributions at Purdue earned him numerous accolades, including First-team All-Big Ten honors in both 1987 and 1988. These awards underscored his status as one of the premier college basketball players of his era. 

The NBA Dream Realized

In 1988, Todd Mitchell’s dedication and skill were rewarded when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets as the 43rd overall pick in the NBA Draft. While his NBA career spanned just one season, it was a validation of his hard work and determination to reach the highest level of the sport.

Although his time in the NBA was brief, it marked the beginning of a remarkable international journey that would see Mitchell crisscrossing the globe, showcasing his basketball prowess in various leagues and countries.


Global Basketball Odyssey

Following his NBA stint, Todd Mitchell embarked on a globe-trotting basketball odyssey that included playing in leagues across Europe and Asia. Notable highlights from his international career include being named a Greek League All-Star in 1994 and clinching the French League Scoring Champion title in 1996.

Mitchell’s global journey exemplified his adaptability and enduring passion for the game, leaving a lasting impression on fans and fellow players alike.

A Legacy Carved in Achievements

Todd Mitchell’s remarkable basketball journey is punctuated by a series of prestigious accolades, including his selection to the CBA All-Rookie Team in the 1988-89 season. His achievements extended beyond the court, with third-team All-American honors from the NABC and All-American recognition from the AP in 1988.

As a Toledo native, Todd Mitchell’s accomplishments are a source of immense pride for the city. He remains an inspirational figure, a symbol of what can be achieved with talent, hard work, and an unwavering commitment to one’s craft.

In Todd Mitchell, Toledo found not only a basketball hero but also an ambassador for the city’s indomitable spirit and love for the game. His journey from the local high school courts to the international basketball stage is a testament to the power of dreams and the enduring legacy of a true basketball legend.


Episode 23 : NBA Play-In Drama and Offseason Cowboy Rumblings



Join Jesse in this action-packed episode of Play by Play as he breaks down the intense matchups from the NBA Play-In Tournament. With the Lakers securing a crucial victory over the Pelicans and the Warriors falling short against the Kings, Jesse dissects the implications for the playoffs and speculates on the fate of the Big 3 in Golden State.

Amidst trade rumors and contract talks, Jesse delves into the burning question: Will Klay Thompson or Draymond Green be able to stay with the Warriors? He provides insider insights and explores potential scenarios that could shape the future of the franchise.

But the sports analysis doesn’t stop there. Jesse also turns his attention to the gridiron, examining whether the Dallas Cowboys are making the right moves in free agency to bolster their roster. From strategic signings to player acquisitions, he evaluates the Cowboys’ offseason maneuvers and assesses their chances of success in the upcoming NFL season.

Don’t miss out on this episode of Play by Play with Jesse, where sports expertise meets passionate commentary, and the latest news and rumors take center stage. Tune in for engaging discussions, bold predictions, and expert analysis that will keep you on the edge of your seat. #NBAPlayintournament #DallasCowboys #NBA

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The Glory Days of Toledo City League Basketball: A Journey through the 80s & 90s



the City League in the 80s and 90s stands as a legendary era that shaped the memories of fans and players alike

In the vibrant tapestry of Toledo’s high school basketball history, the City League in the 80s and 90s stands as a legendary era that shaped the memories of fans and players alike. As you reminisce about the fierce rivalries and iconic teams, it’s impossible to ignore the captivating saga that unfolded on the hardwood.

The Macomber Macmen, led by the indomitable Jim Jackson, etched their name into the annals of history with a state championship in 1989. Macomber who a formidable adversary of Scott High closed their chapter in ’91, but the flame of competition endured with the Libbey Cowboys dominating the 90s. The battles between Scott and Libbey at the University of Toledo became the stuff of legend – intense games, passionate crowds, and an electric rivalry atmosphere.

The cast of characters in this basketball saga was nothing short of remarkable. Players like Chris Poellitz, Melvin Newbern in the 80’s, Steve Wheeler, Nakia Witcher & Jamarr Riven in the 90’s, and Dennis Springs, Rob Sanders in the 2000’s were a few of my favorite players to watch at Scott. The Bowsher Rebels, featuring future NBA champion Dennis Hopson in the 80s and Keith Triplett & Mike Menchacha in the 2000’s, added their chapter to the City League legacy. St. Francis, guided by Todd Mitchell, brought home a state championship in 1983, marking a pinnacle in the league’s history. St. John’s was led by Coach Ed Heintschel, St. John’s Jesuit, under the stewardship of the legendary Coach Ed Heintschel, stands as a formidable force in high school basketball. Coach Heintschel’s influence extends beyond the court, as he has nurtured and guided hundreds of young men, molding St. John’s Jesuit into a basketball powerhouse. The team’s impressive legacy is highlighted by the eight All-Ohio first team honorees under Coach Heintschel’s leadership. Moreover, the program has produced multiple NBA players, including the likes of Brian Roberts, and Vince Williams, currently making his mark with the Memphis Grizzlies. Other powerhouses like Central Catholic Irish, Woodward Polarbears, Waite Indians, and DeVilbiss Tigers added depth to an illustrious era.

At the helm of the Scott Bulldogs was the revered coach, Ben E Williams. Under his guidance, the Bulldogs claimed the state championship in 1990, showcasing talents like Scoop Williams, John White, Kashif Phillips, and Calvin White. The coaching rivalry between Williams and his former assistant Leroy Bates, leading Libbey to several state championship runs in the 2000s, that produced players like Eyuless Palmer, Marques Fobbs, William Buford, Nate Miles, Ronnel Isom, Jamaal Mays added another layer of drama to the narrative.

The City League of the 80s and 90s was defined by team basketball, intense rivalries, and the sheer passion of players and fans. Fast forward to today, and the landscape has evolved. One-on-one training, AAU, and traveling teams have become the norm, ushering in a different era of basketball. While individual skill levels have soared, some yearn for the days of collective team prowess and the intensity that defined high school basketball yesteryears.

In this modern era, where individuality often takes precedence, there’s a call to bridge the gap. A desire to infuse the intense spirit of the past with the improved individual skills of today’s players. The hope is to find a balance that honors the legacy of Toledo City League basketball while embracing the evolving landscape of the game.

As we reflect on the unmatched era of high school basketball, let’s continue to support our local youth athletes. Whether it’s through nostalgia for the glory days or an appreciation for the evolving game, our support remains vital in shaping the future of Toledo’s basketball legacy.

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Play by Play Ep 19 – Celtics & NBA Unpacked, and the NBA’s Defensive Quandary



In Play by Play Episode 19, we dissect the Celtics’ recent performance with an impressive record of 37-11 (22-2 at home). Tatum and Brown’s questionable shot selection and end-of-game disorganization come under scrutiny. Notable stats include Derrick White’s 16 pts and 4.7 assists, KP’s 20, Tatum’s 27, Brown’s 22, and Holiday’s 13.

The Bucks face a shakeup with Adrian Griffin’s firing, raising questions about Giannis’ involvement. A spotlight on the new coach, Doc Rivers, adds intrigue.

The episode dives into concerns about the NBA’s defense, drawing comparisons to the ’90s, highlighted by standout performances like Embiid’s 70 pts and Luka’s 72 pts. Should the Lakers consider moving from Ham?

Other highlights include discussions on Dillion Brooks, Draymond Green, and a broader debate on the NBA’s perceived softness, with referee issues, like Matt Strus of the Cavs receiving a tech for handing the ball to a ref, coming into focus.

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