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Rookie Donovan Mitchell Making Noise With Jazz

Author: W. Dawkins
Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell Top Rookie Scorer

Former Louisville star Donovan Mitchell is making noise in his rookie season with the Utah Jazz.


The 6-3 shooting guard, who was the 13th pick in the 2017 Draft, poured in 22 points in only 27 minutes in a 96-81 win over the Lakers on Oct. 28, which included a rim-rattling one-hand dunk heard around the world on ESPN’s SportsCenter.


“I was just relaxed,” Mitchell told The Salt Lake Tribune of his big game against the Lakers, where he led the Jazz in scoring. “Hyped up and relaxed at the same time.”


Mitchell also hit for 19 points in a 102-84 loss to the Clippers on Oct. 24.


On the season, the first-year player is averaging and impressive 9.5 points and 2.7 assists in only 23 minutes of action (through six games).


“He’s got heart. He competes. He’s a warrior,” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said of Mitchell. “He obviously doesn’t have a lot of fear. That’s a good thing.”


“He has a lot of talent,” added Jazz center Rudy Gobert of Mitchell.


A college star at Louisville, Mitchell led the team in scoring last season as a sophomore, 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 that year.


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 former 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.”


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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