ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Mark Donnal is having the best four game stretch of his Michigan career.
And it’s not even close.
In fact, Donnal is averaging 14.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, while shooting 60.5 percent from the field during his blistering four game stretch to start Big Ten play.
His play has paid off for Michigan too, with U-M going 3-1 to start Big Ten play.
However, the transformation of Donnal is what sticks out. Even with his latest four game stat line, Donnal is averaging 6.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and just improved on his 58.2 percent from the field through 15 game splayed this season.
So what’s different? Why is Donnal playing on a whole different level?
Well, he says, it’s just a matter of confidence.
“Just having more confidence and having more opportunity,” Donnal said. “Just kind of playing my game.”
Adding: “I’m just taking it day by day, and just trying to bring my game to practice and trying to covert that to a game situation.”
Donnal has simply put Michigan in position to win games. And that was evident in U-M’s 70-67 upset win against No. 3 Maryland on Tuesday, when Donnal came down with a key offensive rebound as the Wolverines held on for the victory in games final seconds.
“My role has stayed the same throughout the year,” Donnal said of his play lately. “I’m just trying to embrace that and do the best I can to do my job."
Michigan (13-4, 3-1 Big Ten) plays at No. 16 Iowa (13-0, 4-0) on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.