October 20, 2018
If you go to Prep School and still haven’t heard of Donovan Mitchell, you might be one of two things: a lacrosse player, or a female; to the former, please start leaving some bad bitties for the rest of us guys. To the latter, add me on snap. So, for those of you who aren’t familiar with Mitchell, he comes from one of the preppiest backgrounds this world has ever seen, and for this reason, we love him… also, he’s pretty good at basketball.
Mitchell grew up in Elmsford, NY which isn’t the preppiest of all places, but you can’t fault the kid for his hometown. He then went on to attend Greenwich Country Day School up until 9th grade; let me just say, Greenwich Country Day is possibly the most entitled combination of words known to man (it lives up to the name btw https://www.gcds.net/).
After a few years of absolutely destroying white kids in basketball, Mitchell, a 5 star recruit, decided to up the competition. He took his talents to Canterbury, ready to take on some more worthy adversaries in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) Class B. Unfortunately, he found it was just more white kids. Mitchell was looking for a place to call home and instead he ended up at a school where 4th liners on the hockey team probably pulled harder than he did. Not the right fit. Yearning to be a part of a community, not a novelty, he transferred one final time to Brewster Academy, where Mitchell went from being, “that kid who is freakishly good at basketball” to “the average Brewster ‘student’.”
This decision turned out to be one of the best of his life as Mitchell went on to receive offers from Louisville, Villanova, Boston College, and Cincinnati. Mitchell ventured to Louisville, Kentucky, a move frowned upon by us New Englanders, but appreciated by scouts throughout the league. The 6’3” shooting guard now plays for the Utah Jazz; centered in Salt Lake City where Mitchell finds himself in familiar territory: surrounded by fascinated white people. A lottery pick and runner-up for Rookie of the Year last season, Mitchell is ready to become a sophomore stud; similar to the pipe dreams of many 5’3” freshmen that we’ve all come to know and tolerate.
So, mad props to Donovan Mitchell, who takes home our first Twines and Vines Prep School Grad of the Month, an award even Ben Simmons can’t rob him of.