Michigan forward Mark Donnal working on consistency, finishing around the basket

Mark Donnal has been working on his consistency as finishing around the basket has become a point of emphasis presented by head coach John Beilein this offseason.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It's not a secret that the Michigan basketball program was short of experienced big men last season. Players like redshirt freshman Mark Donnal and sophomore Ricky Doyle had to carry the load at the center position during the growing pains last season.

Now back for another go with experience under his belt, Donnal is working towards being a more consistent scorer around the basket this season.

"I think I've improved at staying consistent, that's one of the biggest things" Donnal said. "We've been having a key emphasis on finishing around the basket, rebounding and doing some of the little things right."

Aggression is another area that Donnal has been known to have since his high school days. Last year didn't exactly go as planned for Donnal, but aggression is another area that he is working towards getting better at this offseason.

"I've been doing a better job at maintaining an aggression level without playing too hard and playing not smart," Donnal said. "It's one thing playing hard and you also have to play smart. So I think I've done a good job with that as well."

With the added aggression comes fierce competition during practice. Donnal also notes that practices have been the most competitive this season compared to any season he's been at U-M.

Something, he says, will help everyone get better.

"All around it's been a real competitive environment coming into practice," Donnal said. "One of the most competitive practices since I've been here. That way everybody is just getting better because everybody is being competitive."


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