NBA draft: Davion Mitchell, Ayo Dosunmu go pro

Baylor guard Davion Mitchell is entering the NBA draft.

Mitchell, a 6-2 junior, started all 30 games for Baylor (28-2) this season and averaged 14.1 points, 5.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals. He shot 51.1 percent from the field and 44.7 percent (63 of 141) from 3-point distance.



He scored 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in an 86-70 victory against previously unbeaten Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament final.

A potential lottery pick in the July 29 draft, Mitchell was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2020-21 and an All-Big 12 first-team selection. He was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year in 2019-20 after averaging 9.9 points and 3.8 assists in 30 games (all starts).

Mitchell began his collegiate career at Auburn, playing in 34 games off the bench in 2017-18 and contributing 3.7 points and 1.9 assists in 17.1 minutes per game. He sat out the 2018-19 season after transferring.

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Dosunmu, 21, was a consensus All-American and the recipient of the 2021 Bob Cousy Award, which is presented to the nation’s top point guard.

The prospect of being selected in the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29 serves as a motivating factor for Dosunmu, who entered last year’s draft without an agent before announcing he would return.

“It’s going to mean the world to me,” Dosunmu said on ‘The Jump’ on Tuesday. “We put so much work in. I’m excited to tell you guys, tell the world, that I’m entering my name in the draft. … To know that July 29 that my dream will come true, it fuels me each and every day to get better and keep working.”

“For all you have done for Illinois Basketball, Thank You Ayo,” Illinois posted Tuesday on its official Twitter account.

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The 6-foot-5 Dosunmu averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 28 games (26 starts) this season. He shot 39.0 percent from 3-point range for Illinois, which captured the Big Ten Conference tournament title and the school’s first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament since 2005.

–Field Level Media