Louisville one-and-done sophomore Donovan Mitchell’s 2017 NBA Draft stock is rising.
Originally predicted to be a mid-to-late first round pick, the 6-3 shooting guard is now a potential lottery selection.
“Mitchell had the best combine of anyone, and he didn’t play a minute of five-on-five,” reads ESPN’s scouting analysis. “His elite athletic testing numbers—combined with a crazy, Dwyane Wade-esque wingspan of 6-foot-10—have some lottery teams targeting him now.”
Draftexpress.com loves Mitchell’s game.
“[He has] a chiseled 211 pound frame and tremendous athleticism that allows him to play much bigger than his size,” reads the website’s analysis of the Cardinals star. “He’s got great speed and body control in the open floor, and is a big time leaper off two feet, posting a 36 ½ inch no-step vertical at the Combine.”
The Salt Lake Tribune’s Tony Jones raved about Mitchell’s ability to put the ball in the hole.
“The Louisville star is one of the most explosive scorers in the draft, someone who can get to the basket with ease off the dribble but also someone who possesses a lethal jump shot,” Jones wrote.
Mitchell led Louisville in scoring this season, averaging 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists while guiding the Cardinals to a 25-9 record and NCAA Tournament’s second round.
He was also named to the All-ACC First Team this year.
ESPN’s No. 43 ranked player in the 2015 high school class, Mitchell averaged 14.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.8 steals as a senior at Brewster Academy (NH), leading the team to their second straight National Prep Championship.
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