Player Profile: Mark Donnal

Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com.

Position: Power Forward/Center

Height/Weight: 6’8”, 225 lbs

Location: Anthony Wayne HS, Whitehouse, Ohio

Class of 2013

Commited to Michigan

Scouting Report: According to Scout.com, he is the 13th ranked center in the country. At 6-8, 225 lbs, Donnal will bring some much needed size and depth to the Wolverine frontcourt.

Mark Donnal is a guy who has improved his game every year. He is an above the rim player with good hands and exceptional footwork. Donnal has developed a nice face up jumper from outside the paint that defenses have to respect. He is a very good rebounder and knows how to use his size inside the paint.

Something Donnal needs to work on is his low post offense. He is very much a face up player with little to no moves down low. It is pretty much a given that when he catches the ball in the post, he’s going to try a layup or dunk. He could benefit greatly from developing a jump hook or using his footwork down low to create his offense.  Defensively, it’s hard for players to score with his size, but he is not much of a shot blocker.

Overall, Mark Donnal is a prospect who has improved every single year and I expect his time at Michigan to be no different. Early on, I see him being a guy that provides depth off the bench, but by the end of his career he should crack the starting lineup.  Add him to a mix of big men like Jordan Morgan, Mitch McGary, Jon Horford, and a solid recruiting class for next year with Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin and I think you have a nucleus of guys that will still be a Big Ten contender next year.

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