2006 Focus: Chris Donald

While Anthony Gurley is considered the marquee name in the state, Chris Donald isn't all that far behind. The Catholic Memorial (Mass.) shooting guard should create more of a profile for himself this spring and summer.

Chris Donald is a name that few know about entering the pivotal spring and summer evaluation periods. The Catholic Memorial (Mass.) junior is hoping to change that.

The 6-4 ½, 180-pound guard is averaging 25 points and 8 boards per game this season and is coming off a 27-point performance in a Division 2 South quarterfinal victory against Oliver Ames High on Saturday night.

Donald attended the adidas Superstar Camp last July, but was hampered by an ankle injury and didn't play up to his standards.

He's long, gets to the basket and thrives in transition. When comparing his game to that of Newton North's Anthony Gurley, widely regarded as the top junior in the state, Donald admits that his 3-point shot isn't quite as accurate.

``I think we play a lot alike," Donald said. "But his jump shot is probably more consistent right now."

Donald, whose game has drawn comparisons to that of his favorite player, New York Knicks veteran guard Allan Houston, played with the Middlesex Magic last year, but has decided to play with Mo Vazquez' Metro Boston squad this time around.

``I think he's just as effective as Anthony Gurley from the perimeter, and Chris is thicker and bigger and is able to get to the basket and finish better," Vazquez said. "He has a great in-between game and puts it on the floor. He's also very good defensively."

Donald may be somewhat of an unknown, but his performances at the adidas Superstar Camp and in the AAU Nationals earned him correspondence with the likes of Dayton, DePaul, South Florida, Providence and Rhode Island.

However, he's hoping to earn the interest of one school in particular this spring and summer.

``My main focus this summer is to get letters from BC," said Donald, who has a 77 average in the classroom. "I really hope I can gain their interest."

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