Point Guard of the Stars High On Auburn

Class of 2017 basketball prospect Davion Mitchell made a return visit to Auburn to check out Coach Bruce Pearl's program.

inesville, Ga.--A basketball prospect whose stock is on the rise with a strong summer performance on the AAU circuit, class of 2017 point guard Davion Mitchell tells Inside the Auburn Tigers he really likes Coach Bruce Pearl’s Auburn program.

“I loved it and I learned a lot of stuff I didn’t know about the college,” he said. “I had been to Auburn and loved it then. It just got even better coming again.

“I really enjoyed listening to Bruce Pearl and I learned a lot,” Mitchell said. “When he called me into his office and told me I would be a good fit for Auburn that was good to hear.”

Mitchell toured the Auburn campus, interacted with current Auburn players, played pickup basketball games and spent time with other recruits at the event on Saturday preceding Pearl’s final camp of the season on Sunday.

Asked what is important for him in finding the right college, Mitchell said, “I am looking for a place where my coaches will stay on me academically. I want to find a place where I?like the way they coach their point guards.”

Mitchell, who is just 16 years old, said that Auburn’s program is under strong consideration, but added he is in no hurry to make a decision.

Davion Mitchell

After performing very well this summer for the Georgia Stars, he is looking to have a big junior season for Liberty County High School. “I am working on pulling up like Russell Westbrook,” he said of the high-scoring NBA point guard. “I am trying to build more confidence in my shot.”

Westbrook isn’t his favorite pro player, however. “As a point guard I like making my teammates better,” he said. “My favorite player is LeBron (James) because that is the way he plays.”

Colleges have certainly noticed Mitchell’s skills. “I have offers from Auburn, Louisville, Georgia, Florida, UConn, SMU, Tennessee and FIU,” he said.

Scout.com’s basketball recruiting analysts have noticed, too, and had this assessment after a strong performance at the Peach Jam event in North Augusta, S.C.

“There can’t be a top performer list from the Peach Jam and not include Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound combination guard out of Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County. Mitchell helped lead the Georgia Stars 16’s bunch to the Sweet 16 championship. He didn’t score below double figures in a game, averaged 17.2 points and shot 54.9-percent from the field through six games. Mitchell is tough and physical off the dribble. He’s quick, can create his own shot and competes on both ends.

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