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Monday / April 22.
  • Donovan Mitchell to Louisville

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    Mitchell LouisvilleDonovan Mitchell is a future Louisville Cardinal.

    Less than a week after cutting his list to five schools, the 6-foot-3 guard from Brewster (N.H.) Academy pulled the trigger for Louisville Thursday while on his official visit.

    “Louisville First – Cardinals Forever!! Let’s bring that national championship back to #CardNation #Louisville,” he Tweeted.

    Evan Daniels of previously reported the news.

    Mitchell had recently narrowed his list to include the Cardinals, Villanova, Boston College, Florida State and Providence, but the allure of playing for Hall of Famer Rick Pitino and such a storied program was too much.

    “They just told me that I have the opportunity to play and play a lot, which would be perfect for me, just being able to come into a high level and showcase my talent,” he recently told of Louisville. “And the way I carry myself, they really appreciate.”

    Pitino has coached his share of New York-area guards and Mitchell is originally from Elmsford, N.Y.

    “It’s kind of surreal growing up, you hear about him a bunch and know to have an opportunity to play for him is kind of crazy,” Mitchell said.

    The 6-foot-3 guard up offers from Louisville and Memphis back in July after going for 17 points in a win at the Reebok Classic Breakout, showing an ability to consistently hit the 3-ball.

    “[Pitino] texted me and said that he enjoyed watching me play and that I had an offer from Louisville,” Mitchell told then.

    “I felt real excited. Finally, everything’s coming full circle. I’m just playing my game, doing well and it’s all coming to light now.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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