HINESVILLE, Ga. (WTOC) - “Took me a couple of days to realize we really won a national championship.”
A little more than a week later, Hinesville native and NCAA champion Davion Mitchell is still getting messages about his championship win.
“People have been hitting me up. I am like “Who’s this?” But yeah, it’s just been everyone hitting me,” Mitchel said.
The junior guard is well-known in Liberty County as he led the Liberty County High School Panthers to its first GHSA state title in 2016.
He says team chemistry played a big role in that win, as well as his win with the Baylor Bears.
“For Baylor, the chemistry was crazy, too. Just getting to know them guys and be the first person to win a national championship for Baylor.”
And now, Mitchell is back home in Hinesville for Thursday’s celebration with a community he says he can’t thank enough for its constant support.
“That’s what I love about the city man. They always going to support you no matter if you have a bad year or if you win a national championship. They always got your back,” he said.
Mitchell announced Tuesday, on his Instagram, that he’ll be hiring an agent and declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft. He tells me it was a hard decision, but this is something that he’s always dreamed of.
The City of Hinesville is hosting a motorcade and celebration Thursday night to congratulate Mitchell.
The community is welcoming him home and congratulating him on his NCAA win and all his successes with a motorcade that starts at 6 p.m. at the Paul R. Smith Education Center off General Screven Way. Mitchell will be in a jeep with his family, followed by city, county and school leaders.
The city manager says the public is invited to park their cars or stand on the sidewalk along the route, which goes onto East Oglethorpe Highway ending at the high school around 7 p.m. where there will be a ceremony.
“You think about it, you go away, and you come back but we will welcome him with or without a championship but it’s special when he comes back with a championship. We welcome him with open arms,” City Manager Kenneth Howard said.
Howard says if it starts raining, they will move the program into the high school’s gym where there is limited capacity.