Baker's Donley eyes second year at Liberty

Chad Donley

Former Baker School basketball star Chad Donley does some ball handling drills during a workout at the Baker gym Friday afternoon.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bullletin
Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 06:40 PM.

BAKER — In a scene repeated thousands of times in the small gym, former Baker School basketball star Chad Donley gracefully fires up a jump shot and the ball gently tickles the bottom of the net as it goes through the hoop Friday afternoon.

Work ethic

Donley estimates that he spent close to 5,000 hours shooting baskets in Baker’s gym.

"I got here when I was in the fourth grade, but I didn't take basketball seriously until my seventh grade year," Donley said. "I'd say I spent at least about two hours a day since my seventh grade year in the gym shooting baskets."

Gator basketball coach Mike Martello joked about Donley's unsurpassed work ethic and desire to get better.

"I really made a mistake when I gave him my phone number because every weekend he would call me and ask, 'Coach, can we get in the gym? Coach, can we get in the gym?'" Martello said. "By the time he became a sophomore I was so thankful that he finally got his driver’s license so he could drive himself to get in the gym. His work ethic is what made him what he is."

Donley — a Division I basketball player at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. — just completed his first year at the school. Even on his break between the spring and summer semesters, Donley was working on getting better.

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