Donovan Mitchell’s future with the UofL basketball program has been somewhat in question over the last two months. The sophomore guard had a breakout season earning 1st Team All ACC honors and has climbed on mock draft boards. DraftExpress.com currently projects Mitchell to be taken with the 21st overall pick.
Following Louisville’s season ending loss to Michigan, Mitchell was asked about the upcoming decision to return to school for another year or enter the NBA Draft. Without giving a direct answer Mitchell strongly hinted that he’ll back next season.
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Keep in mind, the NBA Draft process is a lot different after recent rule changes. Players are allowed to enter their name and participate in the NBA Draft Combine, gather feedback and then make a decision.
I think it’s safe to say Donovan Mitchell is at least going to earn an invite to the combine. Basically, I’d say Mitchell has his mind set on coming back, but he’d be foolish to not go through combine process and get an evaluation.
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