University of Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell will stay in the NBA draft and forgo his final two years of college eligibility, he announced Friday evening.
“I want to thank Card Nation for a great two years,” Mitchell wrote in an Instagram post announcing his decision before thanking his coaches and family. ” … I have decided to forgo my junior season and stay in the 2017 NBA draft.”
DraftExpress.com projects Mitchell as the 20th pick in its latest mock draft. The real draft is set for June 22 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mitchell will participate in the NBA scouting combine next week in Chicago. He is expected to sign with Creative Artists Agency’s Ty Sullivan, Yahoo! Sports reported.
Mitchell was Louisville’s leading scorer as a sophomore, helping the Cards finish second in the ACC and earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-3 guard made the All-ACC first team after his breakout campaign in which he averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.
He began his career at Louisville as a backup for Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, playing 19.1 minutes per game but giving U of L a jolt of athleticism off the bench. He made a name as a highlight-reel dunker and leaper.
Before his sophomore campaign, Mitchell worked on his jump shot, and though he struggled at first, he eventually found his stroke. After shooting 25 percent from 3-point range as a freshman, Mitchell made 35.4 percent of his 3-pointers this past season.
He shot 40.8 percent from the field.
NBA front-office personnel said in recent weeks that Mitchell didn’t stand to gain much from returning to college…