Red Raiders land sixth basketball commit

The Red Raiders have landed a verbal commitment from Montrell McDonald out of Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas. McDonald is Texas Tech's sixth commit of 2009. RaiderPower caught up with Cowley College men's head basketball coach Steve Eck, who gave us the inside scoop on the talented player.

Montrell McDonald is a 6'6", 190 lb. forward originally from Fort Worth, Texas. After playing at George Washington University as a freshman and red shirting his second year, he transferred to Cowley College, where he averaged 13.4 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.

"McDonald is slender, but wirily strong. He's a tough kid who plays extremely hard. He is very quick and runs the court like a deer," Coach Eck enthused.

Montrell was a big contributor for the Tigers this past season, who had three other D-I signees and had five players averaging in double figures.

"Normally, Montrell would have averaged on the 20s, but I had five guys in double figures and a sixth man that averaged 9 points a game. He also lead the team in assists and steals.

"Offensively, he penetrates and slashes well, and his jump shot has improved tremendously. He's also really good at getting down the court, and he's a good passer."

McDonald's biggest strength, however, is on the defensive end of the court.

"He's the best on ball defender I've coached in 31 years. He was the team leader on the defensive end of the court. The team's defense wasn't where I wanted it last season, and Montrell really picked it up another notch, and the team followed him.

"Defense is one area that he should be able to really contribute to Texas Tech. He just guards the ball really well and should be competitive in the Big 12."

One area for improvement that Coach Eck noted was that Montrell doesn't always look for shots. "He sometimes passes too much when he should shoot. He's a little too unselfish, which can lead turnovers at times."

As far as leadership ability, McDonald has proven that he is a player who can take charge. "He is more of a hard work kid than a vocal leader, but he can vocal as well. He just really likes to compete and hates to lose."

The Red Raiders are looking to reload quickly in 2009 as this is their third JUCO commit. Pat Knight and the coaching staff undoubtedly will expect big things out of McDonald.

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