Earlier this morning, Davion Mintz, a grad transfer by way of the Creighton Bluejays, announced his decision to spend his final season in Lexington and play for the Kentucky Wildcats.
Mintz is a 6-3 guard who will more than likely split point guard duties with Devin Askew, giving the Wildcats some depth and experience at the point guard position. Mintz can also play off the ball and figures to play at the 2 and 3 spots whenever one of Terrence Clarke or Brandon Boston needs a breather or are in foul trouble.
Here’s how the social media and the BBN reacted to Mintz’ commitment:
BBN !!! I’M READY - LETS GOOO pic.twitter.com/zTrVRgqndt— Davion Mintz (@deemintz1) April 10, 2020
| #LaFamilia pic.twitter.com/vjX3kMWS4C— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) April 10, 2020
I told BBN to relax @UKCoachCalipari will put another multi talented roster for 2020-21 . Has # 1 recruiting class & now added winning exp. to the Cats backcourt with grad transfer Davion Mintz from @BluejayMBB https://t.co/jTjyRXbm5w— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) April 10, 2020
Creighton guard Davion Mintz has committed to Kentucky.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 10, 2020
Good athlete. Scoring point who can make guys around him better when he wants to. Will be a nice piece for a Wildcats team that could lose just about everything on the perimeter.
Mintz announced his commitment at 10:17 a.m. Why 10:17?— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 10, 2020
“Those are numbers that always pop out to me. They are just always everywhere. Could be an address, time on the clock in the game, actual time. It’s been happening for years. Coach Cal offered me at that time as well."
Davion Mintz on coming to Kentucky: "BBN, I am thrilled, humble and hungry to be part of the UK family! I look forward to earning your trust and respect through my commitment, experience, and hard work every day."— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) April 10, 2020
There were higher-profile options, but UK didn’t want that with three 5-star freshman guards who want the ball. Needed a guy who led the Big East in assist-to-turnover ratio as a sophomore and is “like a Reid or a Nate” as a locker room guy, and got him. https://t.co/RsrltW3QYj— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) April 10, 2020
So Davion Mintz committed to Kentucky. Earlier this week I was critical of Matt Haarms' fit with the Wildcats, but I think Mintz is actually perfect for them. Can play on/off the ball, shoot three's, elite defender. Wont be a star, but they don't need a star. GREAT pickup for UK— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) April 10, 2020
Creighton Basketball grad transfer Davion Mintz has committed to Kentucky, per his Instagram page.— Rob Anderson (@_robanderson) April 10, 2020
Best of luck young man, congrats on earning your degree, and thanks for your time as a Bluejay! pic.twitter.com/znwhevgcAg
Davion Mintz will have Rupp Arena screaming with one of these pic.twitter.com/3gzOHyeMBm— BBNation (@BBNation15) April 10, 2020
This marks the third straight year Kentucky has taken a grad transfer:— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) April 10, 2020
2020-21: Davion Mintz (Creighton)
2019-20: Nate Sestina (Bucknell)
2018-19: Reid Travis (Stanford)
6’3 Davion Mintz— B££ZY (@Burke_Franklin_) April 10, 2020
6’3 Devin Askew
6’6 Dontaie Allen
6’6 Cam’Ron Fletcher
6’7 Terrence Clarke
6’7 BJ Boston
6’7 Keion Brooks
6’9 Isaiah Jackson
6’9 Lance Ware
7’3 Matt Haarms
Would be nice to get surprise from IQ/EJ but if Clarke & Boston are elite it’s a FF caliber roster
These were some of the best stat lines Davion Mintz had during his junior season at Creighton. pic.twitter.com/jult48ju9N— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) April 10, 2020
Jeff Goodman has Davion Mintz ranked the 15th best grad transfer. pic.twitter.com/HLBbkLge5i— Big Blue Express (@bigbluexpress) April 10, 2020
When was the last time UK had a Senior PG with a significant role?— Grant Peters (@GP_Tre_Ball) April 10, 2020
The only one I can think of is Ramel Bradley 13 years ago.
Davion Mintz is going to give UK a very rare combo — talent & experience at the guard position
The rest of the nation better be ready for what’s coming pic.twitter.com/RlGACL0hOY
Davion Mintz, who started 79 career games over three seasons at Creighton, including two NCAA Tournament games, will provide some much-needed experience to Kentucky's backcourt next season on or off the ball.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) April 10, 2020
What did Kentucky get in transfer Davion Mintz?— Michael Beard (@AllMikedUp_) April 10, 2020
Veteran leadership, a guy who can knock down the 3, a great defender who is ready for the supporting role that UK needed. Not looking to be the star and he’s a willing passer. Great get for Calipari.
Davion Mintz is a piece of what we need to be special next year. Building around BJ and Clarke. Haarms is next and then we are set. Isaiah Jackson is a sleeper! Brooks will make a big jump. UK will be very good next year. BJ and Clarke are special!— Josh Newton (@Bagdad_Bobby) April 10, 2020
Davion Mintz to Kentucky is interesting. There are places where he could have had a bigger role, but I think lower usage actually suits him best. Adding quality rotation players with super high floors is smart by Calipari.— Kevin Sweeney (@CBB_Central) April 10, 2020
North Meck’s Davion Mintz @deemintz1 will be wearing Blue & White in Rupp Arena playing for the @KentuckyMBB Wildcats! Congrats Davion! #HARDWORKPAYSOFF #VIKING4LIFE #BBN pic.twitter.com/H2x3jCB8Pj— NorthMeckBasketball (@NorthMeckBall) April 10, 2020
Grad transfers have been a game-changer for high-major programs but it's an entirely different ballgame. It's not as much about a guy being "Kentucky good" as it is filling a specific role or need. Creighton's Davion Mintz would do just that.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) April 10, 2020
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