Donovan Mitchell, Greenwich Country Day alum, named NBA All-Star starter for Eastern Conference

Donovan Mitchell has punched his fourth ticket to NBA All-Star weekend as he was named starter for the Eastern Conference team captained by Giannis Antetokounmpo.

This is his first time as an All-Star starter.

The Greenwich Country Day alum was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Utah Jazz this past offseason and has produced one of his most successful seasons yet. He scored 71 points in the Cavs 145-134 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 2, breaking Cleveland's scoring record and was the seventh player to join the 70-point short list.

The NBA Slam-Dunk Contest champion (2018) has averaged 28.3 points per game this season for Cleveland.

“I’m definitely blessed and humbled to be a part of this,” Mitchell said during the televised starters’ announcement on TNT. “To be a part of my fourth All-Star and now to be a starter, I couldn’t be happier.”

Former UConn star Renee Montgomery showed her support for Mitchell and gave him some love on Twitter following the announcement.

Ironically, Mitchell will be traveling back to Salt Lake City to play in the All-Star game. He will start along with Antetokounmpo, Kryie Irving, Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum. 

Mitchell grew up in Westchester County, N.Y., but attended Greenwich Country Day from grades three through nine. His mother taught at the school.

He later attended Canterbury School in New Milford and Brewster Academy in New Hampshire before spending two years at Louisville.