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Clemson Basketball Lands Center Transfer from Michigan, Mark Donnal

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Brad Brownell just landed a crucial transfer to give the Tigers much needed depth behind Elijah Thomas.

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The Tigers basketball program has been much more active recruiting transfers targets, and today they landed a player who could play a major role next season.

Mark Donnal, a 6'9" 240lbs PF/C with shooting range, has joined Clemson's program as a graduate transfer from Michigan. He was a high four-star recruit coming out of high school in Ohio, but saw limited playing time during his career at Michigan. His efficiency was off the charts last season as he shot .500 from three, .651 from two, and posted a 132.6 Ortg. He did this in just 12.2 minutes per game though and averaged only 3.9 point per game. He averaged 5.1ppg over his career at Michigan.

He was third on Michigan’s depth chart at both PF and C getting 13% of the the team’s minutes at PF and 6% of minutes at C as Michigan earned a #7 seed in the NCAA tournament and went on a little run.

Donnal is a very solid offensive rebounder (10.2 OR%), but not a great defensive rebounder (11.4DR%). He also isn’t a big shot blocker (numbers similar to Jaron Blossomgame in that regard), which may explain why he didn’t see a ton of minutes.

Coming from a great program and with experience on a Sweet 16 team, he will play a major role for Clemson. With Sidy Djitte and Jaron Blossomgame both graduating, there are major depth concerns at PF and C. Elijah Thomas should start at center, but after that, David Skara, Legend Robertin, and true freshman Aamir Simms will vie for significant playing time. Donnal has a great chance to get significant minutes or even start immediately.

According to MLive.com, Donnal said he wanted to go transfer somewhere that fit his style where he could earn more minutes:

“A place that fits the way I play offensively, that spreads the floor a little bit and allows their five the freedom to step out and shoot... Somewhere where I can start and see significant minutes right away and start, possibly. That's a big thing for me."

He also visited Vanderbilt and Creighton. We welcome Mark Donnal to the Clemson family.