Kentucky fans were more than happy to put the 9-16 season in the rearview mirror, but Davion Mintz is using it as fuel. This morning, the sixth-year senior said Kentucky’s struggles last season were actually part of the reason he wanted to come back for another year, to prove he’s a winner.
“I try to forget about the past,” Mintz said on a Zoom with local reporters. “Living in the past is just not what you want to do, but honestly, we won nine games last year; if that’s not enough motivation for anybody, I don’t know what is. That’s one of the major factors [in my decision to return]. I pride myself on winning and I need to prove that, so that’s something I won’t forget.”
Mintz said that sentiment is shared by his teammates from last season, whom he kept in touch with during his draft evaluation process.
“It doesn’t matter what type of win, what time of jump we get to in this next year, especially for the returners who felt that pain last year. You just don’t forget you won nine games. So, we’re going to use that motivation. We’re going to live off of that. I think it’s going to be a great year and there’s going to be a lot of fight in us. It’s not time to hold our heads too high right now; it’s time to work.”
Later in the morning on KSR, Jack Pilgrim asked Mintz what he and the 2021-22 Kentucky Wildcats have to prove after last year’s 9-16 finish.
“Everything. Everything. That first and last number that you said, that’s enough motivation in itself. We have to prove that this group can bring Kentucky back to where it was, keep its legacy going. There’s no pressure in that. We’re all ready for it.
“That’s one of the mains reasons why I decided to come back, just to prove that I’m a winner. There’s no pressure to do this. We’re all built for this moment. This is why you come to a school like this. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Now we’ve got our support with us and we’re looking forward to making new numbers.”