Mitchell: "It feels great to be a Cardinal"

Wolfeboro, N.H., Brewster Academy guard Donovan Mitchell talked with Cardinal Authority about becoming an official member of the University of Louisville basketball team. Mitchell, the No. 21 prospect in the Class of 2015, will sign with the Cardinals later this week.

Donovan Mitchell is having a party this weekend.

The Wolfeboro, N.H., Brewster Academy guard will sign his national letter-of-intent to the University of Louisville in front of some family and friends on Saturday after his game.

"Finally," Mitchell said with a laugh. "I am happy that I am able to settle down officially and join Louisville. I am happy to get there and help them win a national championship.

"I have been looking forward to signing for a while now, I just never thought it would be at a school like Louisville. But now here we are and it has all finally come full circle for me and I just love it."

The 6-foot-3 Mitchell had cut his list to Villanova, Florida State, Providence, Boston College and Louisville in early September before making a visit - and committing while he was on that visit to the U of L campus.

Mitchell was arguably the biggest stock riser of July as he went from unranked in the top 100 to ranked as the No. 21 player overall and the No. 4 shooting guard.

Now, that Mitchell is ready to sign he's also starting his senior season. Brewster is loaded with talent and is already 1-0 on the season.

"I'm focused on this season right now," he said. "But there's also watching and learning (Louisville). There's no more watching it as a fan. I now have to watch it as a future player and there's no more just seeing highlights, I need to watch the games and watch for sets and things they are doing. I have to start learning."

Mitchell said signing with Louisville was an "easy" choice after he spent time getting to know the staff and then arrived on campus.

One of three members of the '15 signing class for Louisville, Mitchell is said he "can't wait" to get to college. He said he would also attend a few games this season.

"I had a dream I was playing in the Yum Center two weeks before I visited," Mitchell said. "I just knew then it was for me. It was something like out of a movie. It was crazy and when I was on campus, I just felt like I was at home.

"I can't wait to go out there and play for a Hall of Fame coach. I can't wait to get out there and get going for Louisville. It feels great to be a Cardinal."

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