HOOPS: SG Mack Will Visit UF On Friday

After losing nearly 60 percent of their scoring to the NBA, adding offensive punch is a recruiting priority for Coach Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators. Shooting guard Doneal Mack of Statesville (NC) Christian is the kind of outside shooter who would fit in well with Donovan's up tempo offense. He will be on hand Friday night in Gainesville when the Gators kick off the basketball season with their annual Midnight Madness at the O'Connell Center.

(Doneal Mack profile)

The Gators already have commitments from 6-10 center Marreese Speights (Hargrave Military Academy), 6-7 power forward Jonathan Mitchell (Mt. Vernon, NY), and 6-4 guard Brandon Powell (Memphis Mitchell). Mack, who played his first two years of high school basketball at Charlotte Independence, is a 6-5, 175-pounder who averaged 21 points a game as a junior. He is rated three stars by Scout.com, a rating that has a chance to rise considerably with an oustanding senior season.

There is a lot to like about Mack. According to Scout.com's National recruiting Analyst Jeff Goodman and Greg Coleman, a Charlotte-area trainer who has been working with Mack for the past year, Mack excels on both ends of the floor.

"Mack is an athletic scorer who finds a variety of ways to put the ball in the basket," Goodman wrote back in April. "He's most lethal from the outside, but is also explosive to get to the basket."

"The most impressive thing about Doneal is his defensive ability," said Coleman. "He's a shut-down defender and is very athletic. He also has a terrific pull-up jumper." According to Mack, school is going really well and his recruitment has not been too much to handle. Mack says there is a lot to like about Florida.

"The coaches and I have a real good relationship and I have always been a Florida fan," Mack said. "I just like Billy Donovan. I am coming to midnight madness this weekend."

Mack not only has a great game, he is a dependable leader for his team.

"I bring a lot of enthusiasm to the court and I'm a leader," he said. "I'm kind of like the court general. Coach Donovan really likes my style of game. I am a good shooter and I excel at defense, that's another thing Coach Donovan really likes."

Mack is in the heart of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball territory and his talents aren't lost on the schools in that power conference. He's being heavily recruited by Boston College, predicted by most experts to finish second to Duke this year, and up and coming Virginia Tech, coached by former South Florida Coach Seth Greenberg. He talked about those two schools.

VIRGINIA TECH: "They have been recruiting me for a long time. They were the first one's there and that's why I like them."

BOSTON COLLEGE: "I like their program and I like Al Skinner, he's a good coach."

Mack has liked the Gators for quite some time and he seems quite enthused about the possibilities of playing at Florida. The Gators hope to put the hard sell on him this weekend to a three-star rated talent who could add real firepower and defensive presence to a recruiting class that is shaping up quite nicely.

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