When Donovan Mitchell went to Brewster Academy in the fall, he knew he would have a chance to boost his stock because he would be playing in front of college coaches on a regular basis.
But Mitchell didn't know it would happen so quickly.
The practice of the season, sitting right there watching was Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.
That certainly opened up Mitchell's eyes a bit.
“There was no easing your way into it,” he said.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, has become a factor in the class of 2015. Right now he's a borderline top-100 player in the junior class, but his athleticism and defensive ability mean that he could rise in the rankings as he improves his jump shot.
He also broke his wrist over the summer, and didn't get much game action until recently.
“I'm just trying to make a name for myself,” Mitchell said. “As long as the team wins and I'm doing my thing, nothing can go wrong.”
He took visits to Maryland and Connecticut last year, and also tripped to Boston College twice and Providence a few times.
“I'm looking for fast pace, definitely, and in front of a big crowd,” Mitchell said. “And academics, especially. If basketball doesn't work out, I have a plan B.”
He is ranked No. 106 in the 247Sports Composite.