Davion Mitchell
Mitchell with Baylor in 2019
No. 15 – Sacramento Kings
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1998-09-05) September 5, 1998 (age 23)
Hinesville, Georgia
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High schoolLiberty County
(Hinesville, Georgia)
College
NBA draft2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career2021–present
Career history
2021–presentSacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Davion De'Monte Earl Mitchell (born September 5, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Baylor Bears. He was taken 9th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft.

High school career

Mitchell attended Liberty County High School in Hinesville, Georgia. As a junior, he averaged 24.2 points, 7.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game, leading his team to its first Class 4A state title. Mitchell was named Savannah Morning News Player of the Year.[1] In his senior season, he averaged 23.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Mitchell competed for the Georgia Stars on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit.[2] A consensus four-star recruit, he committed to playing college basketball for Auburn over offers from Cincinnati, UConn, Florida, Georgia and Clemson, among others.[3]

College career

As a freshman at Auburn, Mitchell averaged 3.7 points and 1.9 assists per game as a backup point guard to Jared Harper.[4] Following the season, he transferred to Baylor and sat out his next season due to National Collegiate Athletic Association transfer rules.[5] During his redshirt year, he improved his all-around game and studied film on guards like Kyle Lowry and Jalen Brunson.[2] During his sophomore season, Mitchell was a starter on one of the top teams in the nation.[6] On December 18, 2019, he posted a season-high 19 points, four assists and four steals in a 91–63 win over UT Martin.[7] As a sophomore, Mitchell averaged 9.9 points and 3.8 assists per game. He was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, while earning Third Team All-Big 12, All-Defensive and All-Newcomer Team honors.[8]

In his junior season, Mitchell became an improved shooter and passer.[9] He scored a career-high 31 points and seven three-pointers in a 107–59 win over Kansas State on January 27, 2021.[10] Mitchell helped Baylor win its first national championship, recording 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 86–70 win against previously undefeated Gonzaga in the title game.[11] He received the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award, NABC Defensive Player of the Year and the Lefty Driesell Award as the top defensive player in the nation.[12] Mitchell earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Big 12 honors.[13] On April 13, he declared for the 2021 NBA draft, forgoing his remaining college eligibility.[14]

Professional career

Mitchell was selected with the ninth pick in the 2021 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings.[15] On August 5, 2021, he signed his rookie contract with the Kings.[16] Mitchell helped the Kings win the 2021 NBA Summer League Championship, Mitchell was named NBA Summer League MVP along with Cameron Thomas and was selected to the Summer League First Team . [17]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Auburn 34 0 17.1 .429 .288 .677 1.1 1.9 .5 .0 3.7
2018–19 Baylor
Redshirt
2019–20 Baylor 30 30 32.4 .409 .324 .663 2.7 3.8 1.5 .4 9.9
2020–21 Baylor 30 30 33.0 .511 .447 .652 2.7 5.5 1.9 .4 14.1
Career 94 60 27.1 .459 .376 .661 2.1 3.6 1.3 .2 9.0

References

  1. ^ Knight, Dennis (May 28, 2016). "Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Davion Mitchell, Liberty County". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Werner, John (February 14, 2020). "Davion Mitchell brings tenacity to Baylor D". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Kramer, Daniel (October 15, 2015). "Davion Mitchell to Auburn: Tigers Land 4-Star PG Prospect". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  4. ^ Stevens, Matthew (March 29, 2018). "Davion Mitchell to transfer away from Auburn after one season". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  5. ^ Berger, Matthew (April 15, 2018). "Baylor basketball adds transfer Davion Mitchell". The Dallas Morning News.
  6. ^ Moore, CJ (March 5, 2020). "Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell are driving one another to greatness at Baylor". The Athletic. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  7. ^ Werner, John (December 18, 2019). "Mitchell guides Baylor men to 91-63 romp over Skyhawks in Houston". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  8. ^ Mastandrea, Matthew (September 18, 2020). "Baylor Basketball: Davion Mitchell poised for career year with Bears in 2020-21". Busting Brackets. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  9. ^ Ham, James (July 14, 2021). "How NBA draft prospect Mitchell fits both Warriors and Kings". NBC Sports. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  10. ^ Chamblee, Will (February 17, 2021). "Davion Mitchell is red hot for Baylor on both sides of the court". The Baylor Lariat. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  11. ^ Dominitz, Nathan (April 6, 2021). "The stuff of legends: Savannah-area star Mitchell leads Baylor to national championship". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  12. ^ Aleman, Christian; Houmard, Celeste (April 1, 2021). "Baylor's Davion Mitchell scores Lefty Driesell, NABC, Naismith defensive player of the year awards". KCEN-TV. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  13. ^ Sulkowski, Frank (March 8, 2021). "Liberty County's Davion Mitchell named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year". WJCL. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  14. ^ Boone, Kyle (April 14, 2021). "Baylor star Davion Mitchell declares after helping lead Bears to first national championship". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  15. ^ "Kings Select Davion Mitchell in the First Round of NBA Draft 2021". NBA.com. July 29, 2021. Retrieved July 30, 2021.
  16. ^ "Kings Sign Davion Mitchell". nba.com. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  17. ^ Conway, Tyler. "Kings' Davion Mitchell, Nets' Cameron Thomas Named Co-MVPs of 2021 NBA Summer League". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2021-08-18.