Prep Tour: Statesville Christian

STATESVILLE, N.C. – Doneal Mack is the man at Statesville Christian but he's got some help. A recent Lithuanian import arrived this month which has college assistants making the trek down I-40.

He drives baseline for a slashing lay up. He pulls up and cans a mid-range jumper. His next trick is a contested 3-pointer … nothing but the bottom of the net. Doneal Mack is in the gym and he's doing what he does: score the basketball.

Coach John Jordan's top weapon has a good sweat going and he's hitting his jumper from the perimeter. The best player on the Statesville Christian team is acting the part Monday night during a workout.

Mack, a legit Top 100 candidate now, struggled to find a role with his New York-based AAU team this spring. If you saw him and wondered what all the fuss was about, you didn't see the real Mack. This guy is a weapon and a high-major scorer, period.

Just ask Florida, Virginia Tech and Marquette, the three schools hot on his trail. Mack is heading to Hokie Land this weekend for his visit and he'll be in Gainesville for the opening of practice in October. "I'm supposed to be setting up a visit with Marquette but that one isn't set yet," Mack said.

The Gators and Hokies are pretty close right now but when pushed, Mack comes clean with a slight favorite. "I'd probably say Florida. I like Billy Donovan and the way he talks. We've got a good relationship."

Mack isn't the only Statesville Christian playing building relationships these days. Small forward Mantas Leonaviscius formed a bond with Hofstra and the native of Vilnius, Lithuania, picked the Pride this week. Mid-major post man Matt Parker visited James Madison recently and he and Coach Dean Keener have bonded as well. Winthrop was in to see Parker the evening we were there too.

The big man making some noise is new arrival Daeividas Busma (pictured). The 6-foot-10 Lithuanian auditioned for Clemson and Virginia Monday evening with more programs coming to see him this week. Mid-major programs are going to keep their fingers crossed and see what the big dogs think this month but you can bet they'll be keeping an eye on him and how his progress is going.

Adam Raye, a 5-foot-11 point guard, and member of the Class of 2008 is a name to watch. The Statesville native is a presence at the point and he can score it too. Just a sophomore he's got plenty of talent and promise.

The junk yard dog of the Statesville crew is Donald Summers. The hard playing forward is hoping to use September as a springboard to a Division I scholarship.

Statesville Christian has a chance to put 6 players on Division I rosters when it's all said and done. Not too shabby!

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