Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell recently flew out to Los Angeles to film an episode of the digital docu-series Rookie on The Rise. The rising NBA star has quickly become a fan favorite, being the 13th overall draft pick, and a strong contender for Rookie of the Year; now, he's letting fans get to know him a little better.
Mitchell will be featured in a total of 15, three-to-five minute episodes for the web series where viewers can get a glimpse into his life as a professional athlete, and in the first episode we see him exploring Los Angeles and getting us up to speed on some of his favorite rappers right now.
The 21-year-old Connecticut native revealed at the start of the episode that this was his first time flying in a private jet. Once they touched town in sunny California, Mitchell showed off a portable speaker and revealed his pick for favorite rapper at the moment.
"We got Dave East playing right now. Probably my favorite rapper in the game right now," he said. "A lot of people didn't know, his new album came out. He's a very talented artist, for sure. He's just now becoming nationally known."
Mitchell also listed Atlanta rapper Derez Deshon as another big favorite. "He's from down South, he's pretty good. Those are my two up-and-comers I would say."
As for the rap mainstays he keeps in rotation: "Fab, Jada, Future, Jay Z, obviously, Kendrick a little bit." There you have it, the rookie on the rise's favorite rappers in the game right now.
Keep an eye out for more episodes of Rookie on the Rise from Young Hollywood TV and catch Mitchell in the playoffs against OKC—barring he's cleared to play after his recent foot contusion. ESPN reports that his status will be updated before Wednesday's game.