Donovan Mitchell Names Lamar Jackson, Top 6 Louisville Athletes Ever on Twitter

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IIMarch 27, 2020

Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) warm up before the start of the TaxSlayer Bowl NCAA college football game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
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As Donovan Mitchell continues to recover from a confirmed case of COVID-19, he's spending his time like the rest of the sports world: hanging out on social media and debating hotly contested questions.

On Friday, that meant naming his top Louisville Cardinals athletes of all time. The Utah Jazz guard spent two years at UofL, becoming a household name before elevating his game in the NBA, yet he didn't name himself. 

The 23-year-old instead went with quarterback Lamar Jackson, women's basketball star Angel McCoughtry, swimmer Kelsi Worrell and men's hoopers Darrell Griffith and a tie between Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. 

Jackson is the obvious selection here. He became the program's first Heisman Trophy winner in 2016 amid a three-year college career in which he registered 9,043 total yards, 69 touchdowns and 27 interceptions with another 50 scores and 4,132 yards rushing. 

Kelsi Worrell's career is equally unimpeachable. The swimmer won a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 4x100-meter medley relay shortly after leaving school.

McCoughtry's credentials are stellar in their own right. The Las Vegas Aces star is a five-time WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA first-team selection after leading the league in scoring in 2012 and 2013—not to mention her two Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016. Before the forward was setting records professionally, she became the Cards' all-time scoring leader with 2,779 points.

Where Mitchell skirts the rules of the game a bit is with the men's basketball players he chose. 

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Griffith won Most Outstanding Player after Louisville won the 1980 Final Four before becoming a Utah Jazz legend, so there's no surprise in a current Jazz star picking him in his top five.

With Siva and Smith, things get a bit tricky. The two were instrumental in helping the Cardinals win the NCAA title in 2013, and Mitchell couldn't bear to choose between the two.