2006 Focus: Doneal Mack

Doneal Mack doesn't have a big-time reputation - yet. That could change now that the 6-5 junior is playing with a New York traveling team.

Doneal Mack is looking for exposure – and he's finally getting it.

The 6-foot-5, 175-pound junior spent his first two seasons of high school ball playing at Independence High (N.C.) before spending the last two at Statesville Christian. Mack was re-classified prior to this past season, so he's now in the Class of 2006.

Mack is an athletic scorer who finds a variety of ways to put the ball in the basket. He's most lethal from the outside, but is also explosive to get to the basket. He still needs to get stronger to finish more consistently.

``I'm working hard and getting better every day," Mack said. "I've gotten a lot more confidence."

``The most impressive thing about Doneal is his defensive ability," said Greg Coleman, a Charlotte-area trainer who has been working with Mack for the past year. "He's a shut-down defender and is very athletic. He also has a terrific pull-up jumper."

Coleman said that Mack has added seven pounds in the past two months and has also gone from a 35-inch vertical to a 41-inch vertical in the past year.

Mack, who has a 2.9 GPA, made the switch from Independence primarily because he knew it would be a better academic situation – and he'd also get more exposure on the court.

Not only has Mack received more exposure since attending Statesville Christian, but he'll get even more this spring and summer playing with the Metro Hawks out of New York. Last year he played with the Charlotte Royals.

``It's challenging for me as a player, but I have to get in my comfort zone," Mack said. "In New York, they run a lot more so I'm still trying to adapt."

Mack said he's got a top five of Miami, Florida State, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest – although he's resigned himself to the fact that Wake probably won't offer him a scholarship.

Mack made his debut in the Spring Fling with the Metro Hawks this past weekend and he'll travel to Boo Williams this weekend.

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