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Positive update on Davion Mintz possibly returning for 6th season

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Mintz may very well be Kentucky’s most important recruit this offseason.

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As the Kentucky Wildcats wait to see who will be staying or leaving the roster this offseason, one of the biggest decisions to be made is from Davion Mintz.

Normally, the biggest stay-go decisions involved potential NBA Draft picks deciding if they want to stay in Lexington for a second and sometimes third season. However, one could argue this year’s biggest decision is with Mintz, who is highly unlikely to hear his name called in the draft if he enters it and is more likely to play overseas.

While Mintz’s pro stock may not be high, there’s no question he was becoming a star college player for Kentucky before the season ended far too soon. Not only had he become Kentucky’s go-to offensive weapon, he was also effectively running the offense over the final weeks of the season.

Having a guy capable of running the offense while scoring 15+ points per game would be massive to get for one more season, but will Mintz actually decide to play a sixth season of college basketball?

According to Kentucky reporter Larry Vaught, a source with professional ties thinks Mintz will stick around for one more year.

However, one person with numerous professional ties says he believes Mintz will return rather than try his luck with the NBA and probably be a G-League player. I thought maybe Europe/overseas would be a solid option but the same person told me money for guards overseas is not overwhelming and that staying another year at UK would not cost him that much money based on an overseas contract.

If Mintz doesn’t return, Kentucky will be left with Devin Askew, Dontaie Allen and incoming McDonald’s All-American Nolan Hickman to fill out the backcourt. Jacob Toppin also spent time at guard down the stretch, though he’s obviously more of a forward.

Kentucky is interested in Auburn transfer Justin Powell and high school recruit TyTy Washington, though it’s still unclear if either will get a scholarship offer to join the Wildcats.

If Mintz were to return, it greatly changes the outlook of this backcourt heading into next season. Otherwise, it will be a major question mark that likely needs several more additions to even begin to feel confident about.

But above all, here’s to hoping Mintz makes whatever decision is best for him and his family.

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