With their second selection, the Pistons took Tony Mitchell, a 6-foot-8 forward from North Texas. Mitchell garnered a lot of attention at the predraft camp due to his perceived lack of motor and the decline in production from his freshman to sophomore year.

He went from averaging 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds to 13 points and 8.5 rebounds in his sophomore season, and was grilled by the Pistons in their predraft meeting about it.

He demonstrated how tough the Pistons were by snapping his fingers, quickly, almost as if he were in an interrogation room being questioned by police.

“They asked questions constantly,” he said. “I had to give an answer and be honest with them. It was a great interview, though.”

He made no bones about his lack of production and offered no excuses, but said he learned his lesson and hoped he would get the chance to prove himself.

“We had a losing record, so it was tough for everybody, but at the same time I tried to be a positive influence each and every game,” Mitchell said.

“Still, there’s no excuse for that. Effort is a self and individual thing. It’s really no excuse.”

Detroit took the chance on him, although a contract for a second-round pick isn’t guaranteed.

For a player who was billed as a first-round talent one year ago, it’s a fall, but it could pay dividends in the long run.

The Pistons took Louisville point guard Peyton Siva with the 56th pick. Siva went head to head with Michigan’s Trey Burke during the national title game.