Former Baldwin standout getting ready for another season
BALDWIN — Former Baldwin basketball standout Deondra McDonald is looking forward to another collegiate season along with helping youth basketball players learn some new skills on the court.
The intent, McDonald said, is for he, Miguel Mahan and DaRon Copeland, as Baldwin alums, to work with current and future Panther players.
“I’m going to try to make as many appearances as I can,” McDonald said.
He was happy with how things went at Aquinas his first season.
“Everything started good,” he said. “I wanted to get used to the game and everything. After that, I’ve been playing summer ball (with the varsity). Everything has been going smooth from there.”
McDonald, at Baldwin, was named Most Valuable Player and all-conference, and was a member of the All-Area dream team. He also was named All-State by the BCAM and Prep Hoops.
During his career, McDonald led the Panthers to a 70-12 record, two district titles and a conference championship. He also helped his team get its first regional win in more than 20 years.
He averaged 20.7 points and 10 rebounds a contest in four years at Baldwin.
“The thing that stood out to me the most about Aquinas College was the opportunity that I had to play basketball at a place where I could continue my educational career,” McDonald said last year when he sign with the school. “The campus felt like home.”