41.2 F
Friday, July 3, 2020

Michigan grad Mark Donnal transferring to Clemson

With one year of college eligibility remaining, former Michigan big man Mark Donnal is heading to Clemson as a graduate transfer.

It was roughly about a month ago when Michigan senior Mark Donnal announced that he would transfer from the University of Michigan following his graduation. Per the NCAA rules regarding basketball transfers, Donnal would be eligible to play immediately next season.

News broke (very) early Friday morning that Donnal decided that he was going to finish his collegiate playing career at Clemson.

Donnal appeared in all 38 games for Michigan this past season, averaging 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in just over 12.0 minutes of action per contest. That came one year after he saw nearly 20 minutes of playing time as a junior in 2015-16 and averaged close to 8.0 PPG.

Donnal saw his time cut down dramatically as a redshirt junior this past season due to spikes in production from both D.J. Wilson and Moe Wagner, both of whom have declared for the NBA Draft recently.

Overall for his Michigan career, he played in 101 games spanning three seasons, averaging 5.1 PPG and 2.6 RPG. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Donnal was also a modest threat from outside, converting on 37.5 percent of his attempts from downtown (26-70 career 3PT).


NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round
Mar 19, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Mark Donnal (34) shoots over Louisville Cardinals forward Anas Mahmoud (14) during the first half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Joseph-USA TODAY Sports

Donnal ultimately chose Clemson over the likes of Vanderbilt and Creighton. He joins a Tigers team that is graduating four players, including potential NBA draftee and Clemson’s leading scorer and play-maker, Jaron Blossomgame, as well as 6-foot-10 Sidy Djitte from Senegal.

Clemson only has one returning center for next season in Legend robertin, a junior from across the pond in England. The Tigers also have 6-foot-8 junior Donte Grantham and 6-foot-9 freshman Elijah Thomas on their roster for next season. Of these three, however, only Grantham (27.8 MPG) averaged more than 20 MPG last season. This opens the door up for Donnal to not only see regular playing time, but also perhaps even start for Clemson.


With the four graduating seniors and early departures of both Wagner and Wilson, Michigan could have as many as six scholarship spots open for the 2017-18 season.

Half of those are going to their Class of 2017 commits. Michigan also received a commit from a graduate transfer in former Ohio guard Jaaron Simmons, though he has entered his name into the NBA Draft . Should he want to use his final year of college eligibility at Michigan, he has until May 24 to withdraw his name from draft consideration.

- Advertisement -
Alex Mullerhttps://lxandrthegr8.wordpress.com/
MSU Graduate. Just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit. Baseball is life, a pitcher at heart. Freelance writer for MIPrepZone (News-Herald, Press & Guide).

Latest news

Report: 5 prospective USPBL players test positive for coronavirus

The USPBL is set to begin their season on Friday but according to reports, five players who hoped to be signed to contracts have...
- Advertisement -

5 Options if the Washington Redskins change their team name

As you may have heard, it is seeming more and more like the Washington Redskins will be forced to change their team name. On Thursday,...

Detroit Tigers double-down on Ernie Harwell Spring Training tradition [Video]

For years, Ernie Harwell would kick off the Detroit Tigers Grapefruit League schedule by reciting the 'Voice of the Turtle' and that was no...

Nike removes all Washington Redskins merchandise from site

It seems like the days of the Washington Redskins team name are extremely numbered. Earlier in the day, FedEx told the Washington franchise that they...

Related news

Michigan coaches Jim Harbaugh and Juwan Howard take pay cuts

We have seen it across the nation and now it has reached the University of Michigan. According to Michigan, due to COVID-19, they are taking...

Ranking Michigan’s 3 Heisman Trophy winners

In order to have the winningest program in college football history, you have to play a lot of games and you have to have...

Former Ohio State RB Eddie George in a Michigan uniform will make your brain hurt [Photo]

For today's example of "We have way too much time on our hands without sports," ESPN has taken the cake by tweeting out photos...

Michigan lands big time 4-star wide receiver Cristian Dixon

Michigan football continues to solidify their Class of 2021 as 4-star wide receiver Cristian Dixon announced on Thursday that he is committing to the...