SUWANEE, Ga. - All eyes - including Rick Pitino's - were on Donovan Mitchell on Wednesday evening at…
Daniels: UA Finals, Day One
MITCHELL DOMINATES Donovan Mitchell, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy, was one of the breakout performers of the first July evaluation period after a strong showing at the Reebok Breakout Classic. But Mitchell wasn’t a one hit wonder. On Wednesday, playing with The City, he put on one of the top performances of the spring and summer going for 28 points, seven assists, six steals and six rebounds. “Many people doubted me to be honest and didn’t think I was that good,” Mitchell told Scout.com. “Not being ranked in the end doesn’t really matter, but it was kind of a motivator to be honest. Not being invited to certain camps is a motivator. But I worked hard regardless.” UA Grind couldn’t defend Mitchell on Wednesday, as he sank long-range jump shots, went off the bounce and created for his teammates and showed he could scored it through contact at the rim and in transition. Mitchell also played with toughness and proved to be a relentless ball hawk on defense. You could point to a few aspects of Mitchell’s game that standout, specifically his passing, shooting and defense. Mitchell said the biggest difference in his game now compared to the beginning of his high school season is his shooting. Coaches look on at the UA Finals “I’ve been in the gym almost every day trying to knock down shots, whether it’s 100, 200 or 300,” he said. “I have confidence now. Last year if I missed a shot I was like ‘should I shoot the next one.’ Now if I miss one it’s OK. I’m shooting the next one after that.” Prior to July, Mitchell held scholarship offers from Indiana, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Providence, Boston College, Creighton and Iowa. Since the first evaluation period, Mitchell has added offers from Louisville, USF, Memphis and Villanova. Mitchell has already taken visits to Providence, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Boston College. He informed Scout.com on Wednesday that he plans to visit Indiana and Louisville following July. OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES Kevin Marfo, PF: Mid-majors in the Northeast should be all over this 6-foot-7 bruising power forward. Marfo, a standout at Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic, was physical in the paint and pursued every rebound in and out of his area. He’s strong, aggressive and finished well through contact. Marfo recorded at least a double-double in a big win over UA Grind. Doral Moore, C: As he does, Moore, a 7-footer out of Georgia, showed flashes of his potential in a match up with elite big man Diamond Stone. He made it difficult for Stone to score over him in the paint and used his length to impact a number of his shots. In all, Moore blocked at least a half dozen shots. Moore showed nice touch and connected on a pair of mid-range jump shots. Diamond Stone, C: It wasn’t Stone’s most efficient outing, as he was 7-for-18 from the field, but he battled on the glass and showed he could score it effectively when he made his way to the paint. Stone faded to the three-point line a few too many times, but he showed his great hands and touch around the basket. He has a good-looking hook shot and made a pair of short-range jumpers as well. Aric Holman, PF: Following the first July evaluation period, Holman, a 6-foot-9 lengthy forward, picked up interest from a host of schools. Most of them were courtside on Wednesday. Holman scored just three points, but he showed mobility, good athleticism and an impressive activity level. He contested shots and made it difficult for the opposition to get easy looks around the basket. While he wasn’t overly aggressive on offense, he did knock down a short-range jump shoot. Jarred Reuter, C: A big, burly center prospect, Reuter struggled early on to score over Holman’s length. But as the game wore on, he got better and used his size and strength to make plays in the paint. Reuter has good hands and touch, and also proved to be a good passer, as he hit cutters with crisp passes and looked for his shooters on the opposite side when he posts. Reuter is a hard-player, tough dude that gives energy on the glass.
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