The Baylor Bears men’s basketball team is having an amazing 2020-21 season just months after what was sure to be a great run in the NCAA Tournament was cut short. One of the reasons the Bears are having such a great season is junior guard and former Liberty County High School Panther Davion Mitchell.
On Saturday, Jan. 16, the second-ranked Bears moved to 12-0 on the season with a 68-60 win over fifteenth-ranked Big 12 rival Texas Tech. In the game, Mitchell led the Bears with 19 points and five rebounds.
Mitchell has consistently been a big piece for the Bears since transferring to Waco two years ago. He started his career with the Auburn Tigers before transferring after his freshman season in 2017-18.
Mitchell played a minimal role for the Tigers, a team that went 26-8 and was named regular season SEC co-champions before falling in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
The former Panther sat out the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He became a big part of the Bears’ team last season, averaging nearly 10 points a game and 3.8 assists per game. The Bears went 26-4, ranked number four in the country, and well on their way to a possible number one seed in the NCAA before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, Mitchell has continued to improve and has become one of the better ball handlers in the Big 12. He is averaging 12.1 points and 5.9 assists per game.
The Bears have a huge top ten conference matchup against the sixth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks on Monday, January 18 and on Saturday, January 30, the Bears will welcome in Mitchell’s former team as they take on the Auburn Tigers in a non-conference game.