|Team: Louisville, Sophomore|
H: 6' 3"|
W: 210 lbs
(20 Years Old)
|Pick: 21 in 2017 Mock Draft |
Rank 26 in Top 100 Prospects
Rank 6 in NCAA Sophomores
Rank 14 in Top ACC Prospects
High School: Brewster Academy
Hometown: New York, NY
Ryan Thomson takes a closer look at Louisville shooting guard Donovan Mitchell's performance against Indiana.
The 6'3 sophomore had arguably his best game at the college level, finishing with a very strong 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 33 minutes, shooting 8-15 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line.
Mitchell is having an inconsistent sophomore season, but has mixed in some very impressive performances like this game with strong outings against Notre Dame, Wichita State and Baylor to show NBA scouts the extent of his upside. Still, he's also struggled against some of the better defenses he's faced, such as Purdue, Kentucky and Virginia, combining to shoot 9 of 32 with 2 assists and 7 turnovers in those three contests.
On the season, Mitchell's numbers are mostly up across the board, as he's posting 18 points per-40 (up from 16), while averaging a stellar 3 steals per-40 (up from 1.8) as well. He continues to struggle to score the ball efficiently though, as he's shooting just 42% from 2-point range and 32% for 3. His 50% TS% is the fourth worst mark among all collegiate players in our Top-100 prospect rankings.
Louisville is 14-3 on the season and is currently 11th in the KenPom rankings.
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A consensus top-35 high school recruit, Donovan Mitchell's freshman was mostly a learning process, as he averaged 7.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game Rick Pitino's 23-win Cardinal team that missed the postseason due to a self-imposed ban.
Listed at 6'3 with a strong 210-pound frame and good length, Mitchell as a bit undersized for a shooting guard, but compensates with tremendous athletic ability. Among the most explosive players in the country, Mitchell is a powerful two-footed leaper who provided plenty of highlight reel material last season. The New York native also possesses terrific lateral quickness, giving him intriguing potential on the defensive end.
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