Whitehouse (OH) Anthony Wayne senior center Mark Donnal made all five of his second half shots to help lead the Generals (3-0) to a 66-51 victory at New Riegel (OH) Saturday night. The Michigan signee went 8/16 from the field and finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks in the win.
“In the first half I got off to slow start,” said Donnal said, who shot 3 of 10 in the first-half. “They were really tightening and packing the zone. So when I got the ball, I was always looking for the open man. When they are doubling and tripling (teaming me)--there is someone open. I did that in the first half and then I got some easy looks down low in the second half. And we came out with a good win here.”
Now standing 6-9 and weighing in at 215-pounds, Donnal is rated a four-star prospect and No.11 center in the latest Scout.com rankings. The versatile big man says he is looking forward to having a huge senior season. His athletic attention is focused almost solely on that goal now that he has signed his letter of intent to play for the Maize and Blue. Even so, he does keep an eye on how his future team is doing. Michigan (9-0) off to its best start since the 1988-89 season, and Donnal says he has taken notice.
“They look really good,” he said. “I’m just hoping Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Trey (Burke) and everybody can stay there for next year, so I have a chance to play with all of them. You know make a national championship run next year.”
As far as his next visit up to Ann Arbor, Donnal says he would like to visit for the season finale against Indiana.
In the meantime, Donnal says he is focusing on the rest of his senior season before leaving for Michigan next fall.
“The rest of the season, just finish the high school season strong, work hardest in practice every day, and just prepare myself for (when) I get to Ann Arbor. I am ready.”
For the complete video interview with highlights of Donnal’s performance--click on the video below.