Best Buy Classic: Mark Donnal scouting video, quotes


2013 big man Mark Donnal has shown continuous improvement since committing to Michigan on June 15th of last year. The 6-foot-9 center continued his strong play at the Best Buy Classic in Chicago last weekend and UM Hoops was in attendance. Watch footage of Donnal in action in the embedded media player below:

Donnal also answered some questions about his development, plans for this summer and more which you can find after the jump.
Can you talk about your thoughts on your overall performance in your loss the to the Wisconsin Playmakers?

“I thought I played pretty well. Some of my shots weren’t falling as I’d like, but I got to the foul line a couple times, and I thought we played pretty well as a team.”

How tall are you, and how much do you weigh these days?

“6-foot-9, 225 pounds.”

How much weight would you like to put on before you arrive in Ann Arbor?

“I’d like to get up to 250.”

What’s the No. 1 thing you’ve been working on the past few weeks?

“Footwork, offensively and defensively.”

Can you talk about the development in your game the last couple years, and especially within the last few months?

“The past year, I’ve really been working on developing my game so I can do to the perimeter, get my shot down, and just work on my overall game.”

How much easier has it been for you this summer knowing your college decision is behind you, committing to Michigan, and you can focus solely on your game?

“I just have to prove that I earned the scholarship that I got. Go out and play every game hard.”

What kind of contact have you had with the Michigan coaches the last few weeks, and what have they been telling you?

“I talk to them about two or three times a month. They tell me to keep working, and once I get there, if there’s definitely a spot open and I can maybe get some playing time.”

Michigan hasn’t had a dominant prototypical center in a long time. How do you see yourself fitting into John Beilein’s system at Michigan?

“Well his system really helps out my game, because I go inside and out and that’s kind of how their offense works, so I think I can provide a lot.”

What are your plans as far as visiting with Michigan in the next few weeks, and the next couple months?

“My high school team is going to their team camp, and I think I’m going to the College Practice Camp in June. I think I’m taking my official visit during the Michigan State football game.”

Now that the spring season is almost over, what are your plans with your team for the future?

“We’re going to Vegas and Anaheim after June.”

  • A2JD

    It looks like that wasn’t his best weekend but I’ve seen enough of the other clips to know he can play better. He does run the floor quite well and was active, even though his shot wasn’t falling.

    • He didn’t have his perimeter jumper going (we’ve seen that plenty) but he showed me a couple things down on the block. I’d love to see him continue to be more aggressive down low, demand the ball, (actually get it from his teammates)… But at the end of the day I’m not that worried about Donnal on the offensive side of the ball, he has plenty of skills to play the five here. I’m worried about how much he can improve both defensively and on the glass in the next year before he arrives in Ann Arbor.

      • Craig Rasmussen

        Dylan, are you worried about anything in particular about defense? He seems pretty quick at getting up and blocking shots.

    • SamGoBlue

      Yeah, clearly not his best weekend, but still showcases a pretty balanced game. Good passer, does well battling for post position, showcases some nifty back-to-the-basket moves (especially that quick spin to his right), some decent touch around the basket, a very nice fade-away turnaround jumper, and a couple nice blocks.

      • A2JD

        It looks like a lot of the things he struggled with in this video could be remedied if he gets to that 250 pounds he says he’d like to bulk up to. He didn’t get off the ground much when he’s getting the ball right near the rim (see his last bucket for a great example) but that can be taking care of when he gets stronger. He certainly looks like he knows what he’s doing, though.
        I look forward to seeing his progression continue.