Tasmin Mitchell, who starred in an NCAA Final Four and on two SEC Championship teams at LSU, is preparing to enter his fifth season as a member of the LSU men’s basketball staff, his third as one of the assistant coaches on Coach Will Wade’s staff.
Mitchell served two years as the Director of Student-Athlete Development during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons before joining the on-floor coaching staff prior to the 2019-20 season.
Prior to joining LSU, the native of Denham Springs, Louisiana, played professionally in the NBA G-League and overseas with stops in France, Russia and Israel since his LSU playing career ended in 2010. He returned to the area in the fall of 2016 to Denham Springs after the major floods in the region affected his family.
As assistant coach, he has been involved in on-floor work during practice and involved in the recruiting efforts with the Tigers and in his two years as an assistant coach the Tigers have won 40 games, been to an NCAA Tournament and has continued to bring in top flight high school talent and shown the ability to use the transfer portal to bring in the next group of star players at LSU.
Mitchell remains one of the most popular and respected players in recent LSU history and his name can be found almost everywhere in the LSU basketball record book.
Mitchell still is third all-time in points at 1,989, a 14.5 points per game average for 137 career games. He averaged 11.4 points in 2006 when as a freshman he was a member of LSU’s last NCAA Final Four team when he teamed with Baton Rouge products Tyrus Thomas, Glen Davis and Garrett Temple along with St. Martinsville’s Darrel Mitchell in a great storyline of players that had been on the court together since they were youngsters.
Mitchell is behind only Pete Maravich and Durand “Rudy” Macklin on LSU’s scoring chart. His 950 rebounds remain sixth all-time and he stands behind five top names of LSU basketball history – Macklin, Shaquille O’Neal, Al Sanders, Bob Pettit and Ned Clark. Of those seven names, Maravich, Macklin, O’Neal and Petit have their jerseys hanging from the rafters of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
He is one of just three players in LSU history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals in a career (with Clarence Ceasar and Jerry Reynolds). His 4,692 minutes played is a school record as is his 137 games played and 136 starts. Of his 137 games played, he had 102 games scoring in double figures, also a school mark.
Besides the NCAA Final Four year, he was also one of the players to capture multiple Southeastern Conference titles as part of the 2009 championship team. He was honored in March of 2017 as the SEC Legend representing LSU at the league basketball tournament.
He was a McDonald’s All-American during his outstanding prep career at Denham Spring High School and is a member of the Denham Springs High School Hall of Fame. He was the school’s only four-time Class 5A All-State basketball player and was named Louisiana’s Mr. Basketball in 2005.
In October 2021, he was named a member of the 2022 induction class for the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Mitchell, born on June 25, 1986 and a 2010 graduate of LSU, for several years gave back to the youth of Denham Springs through the T-Mitch Free Basketball Camp which he organized and sponsored.
The Mitchell File
Seasons Completed at LSU: Four (two as assistant coach)
Birthdate: June 25, 1986
Hometown: Denham Springs, Louisiana
High School: Denham Springs
College: LSU, 2010
College Coaching Experience
2017-19: Director of Student-Athlete Development, LSU
2019- : Assistant Coach, LSU