While there are still several weeks left for the 2020-21 Wildcats, it’s easy to start thinking about what next season’s team will look like.
Kentucky is expected to lose Isaiah Jackson, Brandon Boston Jr. and Terrence Clarke to the NBA Draft, while senior center Olivier Sarr is not expected to return for what would be a fifth season of college basketball.
However, the Wildcats may get an unexpected returnee in Davion Mintz, who’s already a fifth-year senior but will be eligible to use the NCAA’s ruling on giving everyone a free year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, The Athletic’s Kyle Tucker reported that Mintz is actually considering a return to Kentucky next season to play one more year while completing his Master’s Degree.
Today, Mintz finally spoke about possibly being back in Lexington for the 2021-22 college basketball season.
“Coming to Kentucky, I knew that a place like this would get me exactly where I need to go at the next level. I don’t know how long that will be, I don’t know what’s my plan, my path, what’s best for me and that’s what I have to evaluate at the end of the season with coaches and my family,” Mintz told reporters. “But, right now, I’m focused on Vanderbilt and our next upcoming games and how can I help this team be in a better position.”
Though this season hasn’t been what Mintz envisioned thus far, he still believes he made the right decision.
“It’s going really well. I think I just received a senior award or a watch list or something like that. Support and everything has been great here. I’m not sure, I know that it’s something that I’m on route to achieve maybe later this year, just depending on how that is, for my Master’s degree,” Mintz said about possibly returning to complete his degree.
“Like I said, it will be one of those things where I will have to evaluate more with my coaches and my family. I’m very serious about my dreams and I know that, whatever that is, this place can get me where I need to be with my work ethic. So, I’m just going to finish out the season and see where that takes me.”
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Game winner by Davion Mintz. They had this the play earlier but couldn’t execute & Auburn tied it. Ballscreen occupies the top & the backside is overloaded. Mintz steps into the slot. Ball is reversed & now it’s two on one. HORSE shot. @KentuckyRivals pic.twitter.com/gJQDufJOWp— David Sisk (@CoachDavidSisk) February 13, 2021