Louisville sophomore Donovan Mitchell didn't want to answer questions about his future and then talked about a national championship

INDIANAPOLIS - Louisville sophomore Donovan Mitchell didn't want to answer questions about his future and then talked about a national championship. The Cardinals lost to Michigan in the NCAA Tournament.

University of Louisville sophomore Donovan Mitchell said he wasn't ready to answer too many questions about his future after the Cardinals' 73-69 loss to Michigan in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

But Mitchell sure sounded like a guy who wants to return.

Projected as a first-round pick, Mitchell said he was "focused on his teammates right now."

"This hurts," he said. "I'm not answering those questions right now.

"I'm just focused on coming back to school and working hard with my teammates. I'm focused on my teammates from this season and working hard. I want to win a national championship next year."

Mitchell had a big night in the season-ending loss.

He finished 8 of 17 from the field for 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes.

"As a whole it was a great season," Mitchell said. "We had a lot of marquee wins against a lot of marquee teams.

"It's hard to think about that right now but we had a really good season."

Mitchell, who said he would speak with U of L coach Rick Pitino sometime soon about his future, said the loss "hurts more" because the Cardinals' knew Michigan was a second-half team.

"We just didn't defend," he said. "We knew what kind of a second-half team they were. When they took the lead, it was an uphill battle from there."

While he said he wasn't thinking about his future, Mitchell did talk about a national title.

"We have a lot of good guys coming in," he said. "We're going to make sure they know what we are focused on and we're not focused on just playing two games and that's it. We're focused on winning six in a row."

<iframe src="//widgets.boxxspring.com/MzAsNDIxNDQ5MTk" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


Cardinal Authority Top Stories