Davion Mitchell became a household name this March thanks to his NCAA tournament heroics as the engine powering Baylor’s title run. He posted 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 35 minutes in a win over undefeated Gonzaga and projected top-five pick Jalen Suggs, earning fans nationwide with his defensive intensity, burst, vision and shotmaking ability.
Despite clear similarities and a friendship and mutual respect between the two — they share the same agent — Davion Mitchell is no Donovan Mitchell clone. Nor is he an NCAA tournament darling who rose up draft boards as a product of the recency bias that comes along with a strong late-season performance.
From grueling open runs at Shuman Recreation Center in his hometown of Hinesville, Georgia, to 4 a.m. workouts in Waco, Texas, to relentless film study with Baylor graduate assistants, Mitchell’s journey is a story of resilience and player development. Unseen hours laid the foundation both mentally and physically for Mitchell’s transformation from a lightly used freshman at Auburn battling up-and-down confidence as a shooter to a 6-foot-1 star who instantly lifts the level of any workout, practice or game he’s involved in and is now projected to be a top-10 pick.
As Baylor assistant coach John Jakus told ESPN over the phone, “He’s relentless.”