HOOPS: Mack enjoys midnight visit to Gators

Doneal Mack, shooting guard for Statesville Christian Private School (Statesville, NC), attended the Florida Gators' Midnight Madness festivities last weekend. The visit was only the second official visit that Mack has made as time draws near for a decision as to which college he will make a commitment to. Mack is also planning on taking a trip to Boston College -- a team that just came into play since two weeks ago.

(Doneal Mack profile)

Mack says he enjoyed his visit to this weekend. "The team practiced hard before they went over to the O'Connell Center. I know they were a little tired so it wasn't like the last Madness, but I liked the festivities."

Florida has Mack's interest because of Coach, Billy Donovan. "I like Billy Donovan as a person. I get along with him really well and I like the way he helps his players improve. He treats everybody like they are equal and shows no favoritism," said Mack.

Mack got to watch the team practice for the first time in the new season and he was impressed with the level of intensity. "I was watching practice -- it was very intense and they go hard all the time." Mack also took a liking to the campus and other amenities that he saw this weekend. "I like the campus and the basketball facilities at the University of Florida."

Mack says that a decision as to which school he will commit to is still on the horizon and probably won't be announced until after he takes his visit to Boston College. "Boston College came into play about two week ago, they have a winning program." When asked why he is looking at Boston College he cited, "I like head coach Al Skinner."

Virginia Tech is another school that Mack is considering for his college home and he has already taken a visit there. "They were one of the first schools that showed interest in me. I also like their head coach Seth Greenberg," explains Mack.

Mack is a very talented basketball player and is looking forward to make the decision as to which school he will attend with his father and his trainer. Doneal Mack said that his decision will be made in time for the November Signing Day 2005. The Gators will be in the thick of it all the way through.

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