NBA Draft Analyst
Mike Schmitz is an ESPN NBA Draft Analyst. and a contributor to DraftExpress.com, a private scouting and analytics service utilized by NBA, NCAA and International teams.
Schmitz discovers and analyzes top NBA prospects both stateside and abroad, spending 2-3 months per year overseas in both Europe and Africa in search of the next wave of NBA stars. He has traveled to several European countries, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Australia, and New Zealand to evaluate prospects. Schmitz regularly appears on multiple ESPN platforms including SVP, SportsCenter, Get Up!, ESPN’s NBA Draft Combine broadcast, ESPN’s NBA Draft broadcast and more, while also breaking down top prospects in ESPN.com features.
Schmitz covers most FIBA youth events in Europe, conducting interviews with prospects anywhere from the U16 level to the U20 level. He currently serves as an assistant coach for the Uganda National Team in Africa, traveling to Uganda and Nigeria with the national team to coach in FIBA tournaments. Schmitz is working to help build Uganda’s youth basketball stateside.
Prior to joining ESPN, Schmitz worked as an NBA Draft Analyst for Yahoo!’s The Vertical, Video Coordinator for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA G-League (2012-2013) and a writer/video analyst for ValleyofTheSuns.com covering the Phoenix Suns.