One of if not the best player on the floor most of the season for the Kentucky Wildcats has been graduate transfer Davion Mintz.
Over the past few weeks, a lot of speculation has been around Mintz and the possibility that he would take advantage of the extra year from the NCAA and return to Kentucky next season.
On Tuesday, Mintz spoke with the media about coming to Lexington being the best decision he ever made.
“It’s the best decision I ever made still,” Mintz said of coming to Kentucky. “And, I’ve been running my marathon and I’ve been chasing my dreams for years. And 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.”
The momentum is still seemingly swinging in Kentucky’s favor, as Mintz’s father, Sean Mintz, spoke with Kyle Tucker of The Athletic about the possibility of a sixth season of college basketball for his son.
“It’s obviously on the table,” Sean Mintz told The Athletic. “Let me emphasize that we’d love to see him obtain his master’s. That’s big for us. We know one day when the ball stops bouncing for him, which he doesn’t believe it ever will of course, that master’s will be really important. We believe he has a future to continue his basketball career at the next level, but if he’s going to play another year of college, then we’d love nothing more than for him to do it at Kentucky and continue being a Wildcat.”
I think it goes without saying just how important Mintz would be for the team next season. He would bring a ton of experience and would be a leader for the incoming freshmen that will be on the roster next season.
He has also became the big shot taker and maker for this year’s team.
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
This was a huge possession late after Vandy cut it to 3. It was all Davion Mintz. Not sure if he was waving off Keion Brooks or calling for the ball screen. Brooks leaves & Mintz buries the contested pull-up 3 late in the shot clock. @KentuckyRivals pic.twitter.com/wmkTkueRZT— David Sisk (@CoachDavidSisk) February 18, 2021