|No. 45 – Utah Jazz|
September 7, 1996 |
Elmsford, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Brewster Academy
(Wolfeboro, New Hampshire)
|NBA draft||2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Denver Nuggets|
|Career highlights and awards|
Donovan Mitchell Jr. (born September 7, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Louisville Cardinals. He was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 13th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft and was later traded on draft night to the Utah Jazz.
Donovan Mitchell was born on September 7, 1996 to parents Donovan Mitchell Sr. and Nicole Mitchell. His father Donovan Sr. serves as director of players relations for the New York Mets. He has a younger sister named Jordan. Donovan was raised in Elmsford, New York and attended Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich, Connecticut. Mitchell played his AAU basketball for The City and Riverside Hawks programs based out of New York City.
High school career
Mitchell attended Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut for his sophomore year of high school before transferring to Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire for his junior and senior years. Along with basketball, he also played baseball in high school for two years, but focused on Basketball when he went to Brewster, a move which garnered him more attention from college basketball coaches. He committed to the University of Louisville to play college basketball.
Mitchell decided to wear the jersey number 45, showing his appreciation for Michael Jordan, as 45 is the number Jordan wore for his baseball career. As a freshman at Louisville, in Kentucky, Mitchell averaged 7.4 points, 1.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, he averaged 15.6 points, 2.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. Mitchell shot 46.3 percent from the floor, 35.4 percent from behind the arc and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line. He was named to the First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference. After the season, he entered the 2017 NBA draft, but did not immediately hire an agent.
Utah Jazz (2017–present)
Mitchell was drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the 13th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft only to be traded to the Utah Jazz for the 24th pick (Tyler Lydon) and Trey Lyles. On July 5, 2017, Mitchell signed a four-year rookie scale contract with the Jazz. On July 11th, 2017, Mitchell signed a multi-year shoe deal with Adidas. Later that day, Mitchell scored 37 points against the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2017 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the most by any player during the 2017 NBA Summer League. In his NBA debut on October 18, 2017, Mitchell registered 10 points and 4 assists against the Denver Nuggets. On December 1, 2017, he scored a career-high 41 points in a 114–108 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. He set the Jazz scoring record for a rookie and became the first NBA rookie to score 40 points in a game since Blake Griffin in 2011. He surpassed Darrell Griffith's team-record 38 in 1981. Mitchell also became the seventh rookie in franchise history to have a 30-plus point game, as well as the first to have a 40-plus point game. On January 4, 2018, Mitchell was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for December 2017 after averaging 23.1 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 34.3 minutes per game during the month of December. On January 15, 2017, Mitchell surpassed Karl Malone for most 20+ points games during a rookie season when had his 19th 20+ point game.
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