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Name: Donovan Mitchell

School: Louisville

Season: Sophomore

ESPN High School Ranking: 43 (2015)

Birthdate: September 7, 1996 (20)

Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut

Family: 

- Parents Nicole and Donovan Mitchell Sr.

- Donovan Sr. was a professional baseball player and works for the New York Mets

High School: Brewster Academy

Accolades:

- Played in Elite 24 game

Twitter: spidadmitchell

Instagram: spidadmitchell

Height: 6'3

Weight: 215

Injury History: Suffered cramps on Dec 3 game vs. Grand Canyon - minutes limited, but no real injury

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Big LeBron James fan

- Lost 18 lbs over summer - played with Mitchell, Adel, and former Louisville star Russ Smith

- Likes drumming

- Was class prefect in High School

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 7.4 PPG

- 3.4 RPG

- 1.7 APG

- 0.8 SPG

- 44% FG

- 25% 3

- 75% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: Through 9 Games

- 11.3 PPG

- 5.7 RPG

- 2.6 APG

- 2.4 SPG

- 0.9 BPG

- 38% FG

- 30% 3

- 70% FT

Analytics: 

- 1st in steals per game in the ACC in 2016-17 (2.4)

Position: PG

Greatest Strength: First step

Greatest Weakness: Shooting consistency

Athleticism: 7

Aggression: 7

Speed: 8

Strength: 6

Lateral Movement: 7

Basketball IQ: 6

Switchability: 7

3 point shooting: 6

Jumpshot: 6

Ability to finish at the rim: 8

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 7

Passing: 6

Rebounding: 7

Motor: 7

Touch: 6

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 8

Steals: 8

Blocks: 6

Pick and Roll: 

- Mitchell uses ball screens primarily to create shot opportunities - he is best at exploding and turning the corner

- Defensively, Mitchell is quick and does a good job fighting around screens

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Good athlete

- Good hands stealing/deflecting

- Explosive getting to the hoop

- Scoring PG

- Needs to improve his floor game - primarily a scorer, doesn't create much for teammates (part of this may be that Snider is their primary PG)

Game Analysis: 

Game 1:

- vs. Purdue

- #31 Dakota Mathias

- #12 Vince Edwards

- Good job fighting through multiple baseline screens to deny the pass

- Good skip pass to weak corner for open 3

- Good contest right 45 3

- Drives baseline left, elevates for midrange jumper - miss

- Help - strong-side block on Haas

- Catch and shoot right 45 3 in transition - miss - follows to get his own rebound then turns it over driving baseline

- Good help with the body on the perimeter - almost drew charge

- Pulls up for deep right 45 3 - brick

- Curling off up-screen at right elbow, gets straight to hoop for finger-roll

- Reads first pass, gets steal on perimeter - ends up missing alley-oop dunk in transition - bad pass by King

- Catch and shoot right corner 3 - miss

- Defender denied middle ball screen, so he drove right into the help and his layup attempt rolled out - athletic move

- Good hands - stripped Mathias on perimeter reacharound

- Catches at half after press broken, drives straight to rim for right layup

- Coming around 3 point line left, fakes the handoff which creates his own shot - hits left baseline jumper

Game 2:

- vs. William & Mary

- #34 David Cohn

- #0 Daniel Dixon

- #23 Justin Pierce

- Good denial - deflected pass along perimeter

- Good lob pass to Adel sneaking behind defense

- Good rebound - crashed defensive glass, good hops

- Takes it end-to-end, drives left and finishes scoop layup with right

- Good find in transition - Adel wide open weakside corner 3

- Catch and shoot right 45 3 - miss, good form though

- Good job fighting around right 45 curl screen to deny pass

- Gets in lane in transition, lobs pass to big with inside positioning - picked off

- Catch and shoot right 45 3 - missed short, but followed to get own rebound

- Off offensive rebound, power dribbled then went up for a 2 handed dunk but missed - still very athletic play, good bounce and hops

- Incredible NBA move - catches left 45 3, in and out dribble then hesitation, long stride beats his man and lays it in on left - explosive

- Misses catch and shoot left 45 3

- Block in help at the rim over big

- Good defense to stay infront of man on left 45 line drive

- Catches right corner, drives middle, draws help, finds Adel open at left 45 for 3

- Great find short corner against the zone to Spalding for an easy layup

- Catch and shoot left corner 3 - hits

NBA Comparison: Lou Williams

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 7-7.5

Projected Draft Spot: 2nd Round

Opinion: If Mitchell improves his 3 point shooting, he could become a good NBA backup. He is much more of a scorer than a playmaker, but his scoring and ability to get in the lanes defensively give him a shot. He is elite at beating his man off the dribble and an explosive athlete. He has begun scoring consistently even on a team-oriented Louisville offense.