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Jazz G Keyonte George reveals the best advice he received from Donovan Mitchell

One of the brightest highlights of this past Utah Jazz season was the emergence of Keyonte George, who went No. 16 overall. Since being selected in the middle of last summer's first draft, the Baylor product has effectively proven to be one of this team's cornerstones moving forward and one of the best young guards we've seen in Salt Lake City since the Donovan Mitchell era .

Now it seems like Keyonte is starting to bond with the former Jazz guard in his effort to be a sponge during his development.

During his season-ending media appearance, Keyonte revealed the most important piece of advice he received from former Jazzman and current Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell for his rookie year, citing the importance of body language as the most important.

“The main thing that sticks in my mind about Donovan.” [Mitchell] “I told myself, it’s body language,” Keyonte said. “Everyone is going to screw up.” I’m going to screw up. The staff will screw it up. But if I want to be in the position he was in when he was here, a leader… [People are] I'll take a look and see how you feel about your body language. If you stand at the end of the bench, head down, in the game, hands outstretched, everyone will follow you. So it's just a matter of taking the next step – keeping that poker face. Body language will be a central key for me. At the same time, it’s good to show emotions, but next year the word for me will definitely be “emotional intelligence.”

George had an outstanding first season at Utah, averaging 13.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He has the tools necessary to develop into one of the best guards in the league, but he also needs to work on his mental side of the game. As he said in his press release, possessing emotional intelligence and its importance will be a major focus for Keyonte as a sophomore.

The future looks bright in Salt Lake City.

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