October 20, 2010
McDonald excited with his decision
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There is no better time for a high school athlete than the day he or she picks their college. For Trey McDonald, it was Ohio State all the way and he couldn't feel better about it.
"It feels good. I'm very excited and my parents are as well," McDonald said on Tuesday afternoon. Word leaked out early Monday, eventually being confirmed by he and his family later in the day that the choice was indeed Ohio State.
One of the major reasons the Buckeye's were the lucky winners for McDonald's services was the atmosphere in Columbus, as well as the impression the coaching staff and the players left on the 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward.
"The coaching staff and the players," he said when talking about the major selling points of Ohio State. "The relationship that I had and feeling comfortable there was really important to me."
McDonald has been a dominant force on the interior at Battle Creek Central High School in Battle Creek, Mich. His has strength enough to muscle defenders around under the basket, while also being able to play away from the lane. He is still working on his shooting touch, knowing full well Thad Matta likes t let his big men face up to the basket. Generally speaking, McDonald feels as though he needs to work on his overall preparedness as he gets ready to enter big time college athletics.
"I'll probably watch a couple of workouts and continue to do what they are doing up there to be the most prepared possible when I step foot on campus. "I think I still need to put some work in. I need to work on my quickness and just get ready to contribute right away."
In terms of his offense, McDonald added, "Just playing the forward spot to the best of my ability, rebounding well; Being able to finish on the offensive end and playing hard. Being able to score by playing inside-outside and just being a versatile player."
He said he plans to be in Columbus in the summer for workouts and summer school.
With four players in the fold, the Buckeye's already have a top 15 class and may push top 10 with McDonald. If Matta and his staff are able to bring in Amir Williams, a four-star center from the state of Michigan, Ohio State could be looking at a possible top five class.
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