Brewster Academy's Donovan Mitchell’s Impressive Rookie NBA Season
By Marcia Eldridge
Donovan Mitchell has accomplished a lot in the two and a half years since graduating from Brewster Academy. The former senior prefect who seemed as comfortable addressing the student body in Anderson Hall as he did amassing points on Radley Court for Bobcat Nation, is enjoying an impressive debut season in the NBA.
For starters the Utah Jazz shooting guard is shattering records. In December he hit five 3-point shots in one game against the Oklahoma City Thunder raising his 3-point tally on his first season to 61, the highest ever for an NBA player through their first 25 games.
That same month he also broke the Jazz rookie single-game scoring record when he dropped 41 points in a big win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Even some of the greatest players in the game have praised the 21 year-old. “He’s a player,” LeBron James said. “Kid’s got a lot of game. … He’s not afraid of the moment, he just goes out there and plays ball.”
After some pre-draft training with Oklahoma Thunder sensation Paul George, George had this to say: “Sometimes you can just see it in a person. You can see how much he loves the game. He’s going to be good for a long time.”
This past week Mitchell was named the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in December, an honor edging him closer to possibly becoming the NBA’s Rookie Player of the Year.