By Rick Lewis
6’3 Wing Donovan Mitchell
The City/Brewster Academy
On opening night of Under Amour’s “The Finals,” we had an opportunity to watch The City play against Indiana Grind. This was my first viewing of 6’3 Donovan Mitchell and without question, came away so very impressed. First of all, when you first glance at Mitchell you think he was playing the wrong sport. With his chiseled, muscular frame, one would think his best sport might be on the football field. Judging the book by its cover, we had him being more of a Five Star running back instead of a high level shooting guard.
After a few trips down the court, my misguided perceptions quickly evaporated in the hot Georgia heat. Minute by minute, I became more intrigued and mesmerized by his strength and skill set. In one play, he grabbed a two handed rebound above the rim only to dribble up and make a “no look” pass to a streaking teammate for an easy transition lay up. Play after play, Mitchell was making high level passes to teammates along with making crafty and advanced ball handling moves in the open court. He was knocking down shots and taking it hard to the rim. In the game vs. Indiana Grind, my unofficial statistics had him for 28 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
The powerfully built Mitchell came into the event with momentum from an excellent showing at the Reebok Breakout Camp. His momentum carried over to Under Amour’s The Finals where he captured a dozen high major offers. Sources confirm that he has already set sights on two national powerhouses in Indiana and Louisville, as he will take official visits in the fall.
While his maturity on the court was impressive, we also became a fan of his maturity off the court. After each game, Mitchell would go through the customary line to shake the opponents hand and tell them good game. However, Mitchell took it a step further to go up to each official and congratulated him or her on a good game. I’m thinking, how many young men take the time to approach an official, shake their hand and tell them good game. Without question, he is an outstanding young man. I was really impressed with his maturity and politeness. After one of his games, we had a chance to meet with him and his manners were top notch. Everything was yes/no sir and looked you squarely in the eyes and he even thanked me.
One thing is for certain; you won’t find many young men with the high character qualities of Mitchell. He is an exceptionable young player and even a better young man. He carries himself well and certain to be a winner at whatever school he decides to attend. Whatever school is fortunate to get is commitment, will get an outstanding ambassador for the school
Picture Credits: Kelly Kline / Under Armour