Hinesville, Ga.--Committing to the Auburn Tigers last October with still two years of basketball left at Liberty County High School, four-star point guard Davion Mitchell has picked up where he left off as a sophomore as his team is rolling towards the playoffs with a 21-1 record this season.
One of the top performers for the Georgia Stars 16U team over the summer at the prestigious Peach Jam, the 6-2, 193 Mitchell was primed for a big year playing alongside Georgia football commitment Richard LeCounte at Liberty County and that has happened. Averaging 23 points and seven assists per game while getting plenty of attention from the opposition, Mitchell is just the type of player that Bruce Pearl and his staff are looking to add in the coming years to take the program to the next level.
Rated the No. 54 player in the country, Mitchell has already witnessed some of that in person this year as he was on campus for Auburn's game against Oklahoma State. While the Tigers didn't play particularly well that night it gave him a chance to see the atmosphere. Spending time with the coaching staff and getting a feel for what Auburn Arena is like when it’s filled to capacity, Mitchell said the visit was everything he was looking for and more.
“It's crazy,” Mitchell said of the atmosphere. “It obviously got a lot better since I came. The first game was an exhibition game. It got a whole lot better.
“When I came here it was more like a family,” he added of Auburn. “They showed me a lot of love. Bruce Pearl showed me a lot of love. He told me it was a family and I trusted in him.”
Building that bond with Pearl was big because of the coach’s relationship with former Tennessee standout and Liberty County player Jordan McRae, but things started because of one of Auburn’s assistants.
A former point guard himself, Todd Golden was someone that first saw Mitchell play and liked his game. From that point forward the two became really close, helping Mitchell see what the future of the program could be playing for guys like him and Chuck Person.
“I started off with Todd when he first saw me and then Bruce Pearl came after me hard,” Mitchell said. “Me and Todd talk about it all the time, everyday, not even things about Auburn. He's like a brother to me.
“That's real big,” he added of Pearl’s influence. “He's been through where I'm trying to get to, the NBA, so he tells me a lot, what I need to get there.”
Before Mitchell can worry about the NBA he first wants to help the Auburn program get to the next level. Already very familiar with incoming guys like Mustapha Heron and Jared Harper as well as fellow 2017 commitment Austin Wiley, Mitchell said his commitment to the Tigers is “real strong” as he gets ready to try to lead his current team to a title this year.