Prospect Profile | Donovan Mitchell
6’3” 210 LBS G
34 G | 32.3 MPG | 15.6 PPG | 46.3 FG% | 35.4 3FG% | 80 3FGM | 80.6 FT% | 4.9 RPG | 2.7 APG | 2.1 SPG
• Between his first and second seasons at Louisville, a lot changed for Mitchell, in terms of his production. As a freshman, the sturdy guard was used primarily in a reserve role, averaging just over 19 minutes per game. In year two under Rick Pitino, Mitchell thrived, growing into a full-time starting role. His output spiked accordingly, as the Connecticut native’s more than doubled his scoring average, and established himself as a legitimate 3-point weapon.
• As the numbers indicate, Mitchell proved to be a dependable shooting threat out of the backcourt. He converted 40.3 percent of his spot-up opportunities, according to Synergy Sports, manufacturing an above-average 1.13 points per possession in such scenarios. Furthermore, Mitchell was steady in respect to his 2-point jump shot, and ranked third in the ACC in 3-pointers made.
• Mitchell opened the season as Louisville’s primary shooting guard, but when an injury sidelined the team’s top point guard, Quentin Snider, for nearly a month, Mitchell was given the chance to play with the ball in his hands a little bit more. He held his own, registering at least three assists in five of the six outings that Snider, also Louisville’s captain, missed.
In the Cardinals’ first game without Snider on January 19th, Mitchell delivered a well-rounded showing, posting 18 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals in a blowout victory.
• Mitchell proved to be an impact defender, pacing the ACC with 70 steals, and with an average of 2.1 swipes per game.
Did You Know?:
There were a couple of neat items to be found on Mitchell on Louisville’s official website. Villanova was apparently one of the schools he considered attending, and his dad, Donovan Sr., was a former minor league baseball player who currently holds the title of Manager of Player Operations and Community Outreach for the New York Mets.
Quote of Note:
I want to thank Card Nation for a great two years... I want to thank all the coaches from Coach Arjay to Coach Smith and everyone on the Louisville staff for helping me become the man that I am today and of course my sister Jordan who I love more than anything ... with that being said I have decided to forgo my junior season and stay in the 2017 NBA Draft #L1C4 #BeHumble