Mintz will be in sixth season at UK this year
Published 7:00 am Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Davion Mintz says last season was an “extremely crazy time” not only for Kentucky basketball but almost every team. That’s a big reason Mintz decided to stay in college for a sixth season and come back to UK for a second senior year.
“Having a fan base like UK can change a lot of things. Having that support behind you for one more year was a huge part in my decision (to return) but so was proving to NBA scouts what I can do. I understand I am a late bloomer,” Mintz said. “I want to prove I can go out as a winner.”
He thinks his role on this year’s team will be more unique than last season when he primarily played shooting guard before running the point the last two games.
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“This kind of reminds me of my freshman season (at Creighton) when we had a lot of upperclassmen,” Mintz said. “Not to this degree (like at UK this season). I think that experience factor is going to be huge and pay off for this team.
“It is extremely different from last year when we had a lot of new guys come in. These guys (transfers) are also new but these new guys have seen different things and played at a high level. It is going to be fun and extremely competitive. It is a good culture to be part of as we try to win a lot of games.”
Mintz said he has worked a lot on finishing at the rim better as well as drawing more fouls and making more free throws.
“This summer I worked on all aspects of my game from footwork to getting my jump shot off faster. Overall, just become a better all-around player,” he said.