Report: Team USA sees Donovan Mitchell as part of their future
The Utah Jazz have been one of the more surprising teams in the 2017-18 NBA season and guard Donovan Mitchell is at the forefront of their success.
Mitchell has been arguably the best rookie in his class this season. According to Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News, his performance has even caught the eye of both San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo.
“Well, we had a lot of discussion about Donovan Mitchell. He’s had a terrific rookie season and another class, character guy,” Colangelo said. “So, as we move forward here, Pop and I are talking about the possibility of bringing in some young studs like him as we have in the past getting ready for different competitions to be part of it.”
Colangelo added that the list of players they have invited could change until the 2019 USA World Cup and 2020 Olympics.
“For the moment the list we submitted is the list and I said also it’s a very fluid list,” Colangelo said. “It could be some additions, but for sure we see Donovan Mitchell as someone involved in USA Basketball as we move forward.”
While making the final 12-man roster within the next two years may seem like a tall task, Mitchell has proven that it is best not to underestimate him. The rookie was one of the most overlooked prospects in the 2017 NBA Draft after slipping to the Jazz with the 13th overall pick. He has since enjoyed a historic rookie campaign with Utah looking to put the finishing touches on a playoff berth.
As a result, he will likely be among the young stars selected to participate in Team USA’s minicamp during the summer. Although he is currently focused on clinching a spot in the postseason, the possibility of competing with the best players in the world will undoubtedly give him something to look forward to in the offseason.