Mark Donnal is off the board and who IU called today

Today was the first day Michigan coach John Beilein offered any 2013 players and it worked out for him, grabbing two verbal commitments.

One was Mark Donnal, a 6-foot-9 big man from Ohio that Indiana had been pursuing. He was joined by Austin Hatch, a shooter from Fort Wayne Canterbury.

Donnal plays on Dan Dakich’s Indiana Elite South squad. This is a good get for the Wolverines – Donnal has very good outside range and fits that system of play.

Today was also the first day coaches across the country could call members of the 2013 class.

From various Twitter reports, we know Tom Crean and his staff have been in contact with known prospects like Zak Irvin, Jalen James, Bo Zeigler, Darryl Hicks, Josh Newkirk and Demetrius Jackson. Word is that Derrick Walton (No. 88 nationally, according to and Brannen Greene (No. 37), two new names, heard from IU.


  1. CTC needs to start recruiting more rebounders that are true power forwards and centers. It seems all of the recruiting news sites all have IU looking at guards only.

  2. You really need to look at some recruiting sites before u make such observations. CTC has many bigs he has offered plus bigs who have committed in 2011,2012 and 2014.

  3. D-5,
    True. I don’t know what the deal is with this rash lately. (Not that I would ever really understand this) We’ve always had one or two slip through the cracks now and then, but it has been ridiculous for about a week. Time to talk to some IT guys who are way smarter than me…

  4. DD- re spam: Sending a comment to the blog used to involve filling in code characters provided by the HT prior to submissions to the blog. Unless, I’m mistaken, (and I could be) the frequency of spam has increased simultaneously to dropping the character access code. With the code, each entry needed to be read and posting required the individual submitting it to copy the code …making simultaneous spam submissions nearly impossible (since each entry had to read the specific code characters first). It may be an easy way to deal with the problem.

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