Point Guard Headed To Raleigh
Mike O'Donnell, a point guard from Largo, Fla., committed to the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Wednesday evening. Just the day before, NC State head coach Herb Sendek made the trip to Florida to watch O'Donnell in a game.
Apparently the Pack offered Wednesday afternoon and O'Donnell accepted the scholarship in the evening. Butler, the other finalist, sent head coach Todd Lickliter to O'Donnell's game on Tuesday as well. Holy Cross received an official visit from O'Donnell last month.
"I'm coming in there with an open mind and I'm going to hit the practice floor and weight room as hard as I can," O'Donnell said. "I'm going to work as hard as I can and see what happens."
O'Donnell is averaging 21.7 points, 5.9 assists and 5.2 steals for coach Phil Price. "He's a true point guard and will get things started," Price said. "If they double-down then he'll hit the open shot. His forte is to take care of the ball and get it to the right people. This year he's really had to score. He's a run-the-team point guard kind of guy and tries to make as few mistakes as possible."
Last summer O'Donnell accepted an offer to attend Florida after a year of prep school. However, after rethinking the commitment, he decided to re-open the process and weigh his options.