Davion Mintz submitted his name for the 2021 NBA Draft earlier this week but left open the option to return to Kentucky if he chooses to do so later this year.
Mintz is undergoing the NBA Draft process to receive feedback about his game before making an official decision regarding his remaining eligibility. Mintz had the following to say about his decision and the process earlier this week.
“These last two months for my family and I have been filled with a lot of reflection and a lot of personal evaluation,” Mintz said. “I have spent a lot of time reflecting on this past season at Kentucky, a truly unique and unforgettable experience, while also trying to figure out what the next step is for me and my career. My ultimate dream has always been to play at the professional level. I believe at some point, whether that is now or down the road, that is where I will be. Figuring out when that time is right while weighing my love for Kentucky and thinking about the possibilities of next season has not been easy, and to be fully honest and transparent, I have not come to a decision yet of what I will ultimately do.
“However, at this point in time, I believe it is in my best interest to officially submit my name for the 2021 NBA Draft to test the waters and go through a proper evaluation period. I am looking forward to the process and I am going into this stage in the decision-making process with an open mind. I appreciate the support and honesty Coach Cal and the staff have shown me throughout this decision and I want to thank Big Blue Nation for your love and your patience as I take this next step.”
Due to COVID and the NCAA’s blanket waiver, Mintz has the option to play an additional season at Kentucky. One college basketball believes the guard will return to Kentucky for the 2021-22 season.
Matt Norlander of CBS Sports said on the Eye on College Basketball Podcast this week that he believes Mintz will remove his name from the draft and return to Lexington for another season.
You can hear what Norlander had to say around the 43:00 minute mark of the podcast below.