After working out for teams picking as high as seventh late in the NBA Draft process, Donovan Mitchell will play for the team he worked out first in the Utah Jazz.
The pick originally belonged to the Denver Nuggets who traded Mitchell’s draft rights to the Jazz for Trey Lyles and the 24th pick. Utah was excited about Mitchell early, and the Louisville star seemed ecstatic about the prospect for playing in Salt Lake City in interviews.
Mitchell is the first lottery pick for Louisville since 2009 when both Terrance Williams and Earl Clark were selected among the first 14 picks. He also heads to a team quite familiar with Cardinals. UofL legend Darrell Griffith was drafted by Utah 2nd overall in the 1980 NBA Draft, he would go on to have his #35 jersey retired by the Jazz.
Congrats to Donovan on his achievement, and stay tuned for more on his future in Utah and the NBA Draft on The Cardinal Connect.
Gabe Duverge joined The Cardinal Connect as a contributing writer in the summer of 2013. He has previously written for Bleacher Report and LouisvilleKY.com. You can follow Gabe on Twitter @GabeDuverge.