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Brooklyn Nets Sign Former Virginia Forward Akil Mitchell

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The former ACC All-Defenseman gets another shot at the NBA.

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The Brooklyn Nets announced Sunday evening that the team has signed forward Akil Mitchell, who will be joining his former Virginia Cavaliers teammate Joe Harris in New York.

Originally undrafted in 2014, Mitchell got his first taste of the NBA with the Houston Rockets in the NBA Summer League. The Rockets signed Mitchell in late September, but went on to waive him in November of the same year. Since then, Mitchell has bounced around with NBA D-League teams, Summer League teams, and international teams (France, New Zealand).

Since February of this year, Mitchell has been playing for the Long Island Nets, Brooklyn’s G League team. (The NBA G League is the rebranded NBA Developmental League, thanks to a Gatorade partnership.)

At Virginia, Mitchell averaged as many as 13.1 points per game in his junior year, finishing with a 6.9 ppg average over his collegiate career. He was named third team All-ACC his junior year, and followed up with an ACC All-Defensive Team performance his senior year as the Hoos finished in the top 25 of each of the final AP and Coaches Polls.

Mitchell finished at Virginia ranked third all-time in games played (133), seventh in rebounds (798) and tied for 14th in double-doubles (15).

He’ll see a familiar face at Brooklyn in Joe Harris, who just re-signed with the Nets this summer for a cool $1.5 million for the season. Per the team’s policy, Mitchell’s contract details were not released.