Draft Projection: Mid-First Round Pick
Positives: Insider Only
Negatives: Insider Only
Summary: May 23 update: Mitchell had the best combine of anyone, and he didn't play a minute of five-on-five. His elite athletic testing numbers -- combined with a crazy, Dwyane Wade-esque wingspan of 6-foot-10 -- have some lottery teams targeting him now.
He's not the shooter that Kennard is, but he's a better athlete and defender and equally good playmaker. You'll see teams asking those two to work out against each other.
Mitchell also appears to be in that Nos. 12-17 range.
May 8 update: Mitchell recently hired an agent, putting him fully in the draft. He's an elite athlete who showed improvement as both a shooter and a playmaker this year.
As NBA teams go back and scour through video, a number of them have walked away thinking Mitchell may be a sleeper. He's moved up our board accordingly.
He'll be participating at the combine but won't play 5-on-5.
March 20 update: Mitchell has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft, but hasn't hired an agent to preserve his college eligibility. Mitchell is one of the best athletes in the draft and has shown some of the ability to move over and run the point at times. Whether scouts believe he can be a true point guard in the NBA is the real key to his draft status. As a point guard he projects in the Nos. 20-30 range. As an undersized 2? More in the Nos. 30-50 range.
March 20 update: Mitchell got off to a very shaky start against Jacksonville State but had a strong performance against Michigan that balanced things out. Scouts love his athleticism and ability to score, but what is really intriguing is his ability to play some point. He had 10 assists in Louisville's two games and looks as if he could really be a point guard with more experience.
He's a bubble first-rounder right now and might want to think about returning for one more year. A season full time at the point could boost his draft stock in a weaker 2018 draft.
March 14 update: Mitchell is an elite athlete who can play both the 1 and the 2. He's an explosive finisher at the rim and uses his strength and quickness to be a menace on the defensive end. Plus, he's an improved albeit streaky 3-point shooter.
The question for scouts is about his position. He's undersized as a 2 but doesn't quite have the playmaking skills of a 1.
March 6 update: Teams are desperate to find a few keepers at the shooting guard position and Mitchell's combination of elite athleticism and scoring chops make him an interesting prospect.
He even has some ballhandling abilities that make teams wonder if he could be a point guard at the next level.
Feb. 1 update: Mitchell is the biggest mover on our board. He's rocketed up the rankings after a series of big games in the ACC.
He just dropped 29 points on Pitt and followed it up with a 28-point performance against NC State on Saturday. In those two games he shot 12-for-20 from 3.
While he's a bit of a tweener, his elite athleticism and defensive abilities could make him a dangerous weapon coming off the bench in the NBA.