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Davion Mintz is Transferring to Kentucky

April 10, 2020

Davion Mintz is your newest member of the Kentucky Wildcats’ 2020 Basketball team. Mintz, a native of Charlotte, NC, spent his first three years at Creighton before a preseason ankle injury sidelined him for his entire senior year, preserving his final year of eligibility. Instead of suiting up for the Blue Jays in 2020, Mintz has committed to join the loaded Kentucky backcourt, bringing a year of experience for every five-star guard Kentucky is bringing in. He will likely relieve some of the pressure that would have been put on Askew to run the team from the point guard position while bringing high-quality defense and an all-around offensive game.

On offense, from an advanced metric perspective, Mintz’s Junior season was very similar to Tyrese Maxey’s freshman year. Both were primarily two-guards who occasionally initiated the offense and were more adept at getting to the basket than being consistent shooters from the outside. Their true shooting percentages are within .8% of each other and they both feature similar assist and turnover percentages. Maxey has a much higher ceiling, averaging 14 points and 3.2 assists compared to Mintz’s 9.7 points per game and 3 assists, but that is why Maxey will likely be a lottery pick and Mintz is coming back for his senior season. 

Mintz is a career 34% three-point shooter and shoots 74% from the free-throw line. He will not be called on to be Kentucky’s leading scorer, but he will fill the role of being a threat from beyond the arc, while also being able to get to the basket and either score or distribute the ball. 

On defense is where Mintz is at his best. In a segment on KETV, an Omaha-based news station, they discussed what Mintz was going to bring to the table (prior to his injury) after testing the NBA waters following his Junior season. Mintz was interviewed and called out his defense as something the NBA was very high on, and it shows on his highlights. He uses his athleticism and length to his advantage and should be an above-average defender next year for the Wildcats.

All in all, Mintz is a quality, veteran addition to an already uber-talented backcourt. His experience should provide a valuable balance to the youth of the other three guards, and should allow Calipari flexibility in his rotations, giving him another ball-handler who can initiate the offense.

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