Report: Davion Mitchell declaring for NBA draft after leading Baylor to championship

Liz Roscher
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Davion Mitchell, the junior guard who led Baylor to a national title over undefeated Gonzaga, is reportedly declaring for the 2021 NBA draft. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Mitchell will be hiring an agent. 

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Mitchell, 22, averaged 14.1 points per game for Baylor this season, along with 5.5 assists (the highest on the team) and 1.9 steals. He was a key player in Baylor's decisive smothering of Gonzaga on Monday, helping the team to an 86-70 win and Baylor's first-ever national championship. In the Final Four and title game combined, Mitchell had 27 points and 16 assists.

Here's a little taste of the kind of magic Mitchell spins on the court:

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Mitchell was a four-star recruit who originally went to Auburn. He transferred to Baylor after the 2017-18 season, and showed incredible improvement during his two years at Baylor. After a decent first campaign in the 2019-20 season, his shooting percentage went from 40.9 to 51.1, his three-point shooting went from 32.4 percent to 44.7 percent, his assists increased from 3.8 to 5.5 per game and his points per game jumped from 9.9 to 14.1.

In her latest mock draft, Yahoo Sports' Krysten Peek has Mitchell going to the Toronto Raptors at No. 7, calling him "the best on-ball defender in college basketball."

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - APRIL 05: Davion Mitchell #45 of the Baylor Bears reacts against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the National Championship game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 05, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Baylor's Davion Mitchell is taking his talents to the NBA. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

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