Baker's Donley eyes second year at Liberty

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 06:40 PM.

For the most part, Donley was happy with his first season with the Flames. The year’s highlight came when Liberty came out of nowhere to win the Big South tournament championship and secure a spot in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

"It was a definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience coming from where we were to win our conference tournament and make it to the NCAA tournament — you can't duplicate that," Donley said.

Trailblazing Gator

Martello said he can't find another Baker player who has played in the Division I tournament. 

"Division I basketball players are very few and far between," he said. "We've done a little research here going back 40 years. And Chad, as far as we can find, is the only basketball player from Baker to play in the NCAA tournament."

But playing some isn't enough for Donley, who attended Northwest Florida State College for two years before heading north. Donley red-shirted his first year with the Raiders and has two years’ eligibility left at Liberty.

Donley said there was always something to work on to get better at the Division I level. He continues to improve on his ball handling ability and physical training so he can create his own shot in a one-on-one situation.

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