Donley making his mark at Liberty

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 07:21 PM.

While the Flames struggled to a 1-10 start, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Donley was finding his way into rotation and has averaged almost 14 minutes’ playing time per game while scoring 4.4. Donley has scored a personal high of eight points twice.

Donley credits Northwest Florida State coach Steve Forbes, a former University of Tennessee assistant coach, for preparing him to play at college basketball’s highest level.

 “It’s different (the level of competition),” he said. “But coach Forbes, he prepared me pretty well for what I would experience at this next level, and the competition is better every day. It’s the speed of the game, really.

“Going from Baker to Northwest Florida, it took me a whole year, really, to get used to the physicality and the speed of the game. Here, that’s kind of been my problem as well. All of the guys are bigger and stronger than they were in junior college; that’s what I have had to adjust to.”

Donley is pleased with the progress he has made since arriving in Lynchburg last June.

“I think it’s transitioned pretty well,” he said. I am really a little undersized for my position, but I’ve always got a chip on my shoulder. I think that’s something that is going to help me to achieve success.”

Growing up in a military family, Donley was used to constant moving until his family settled in Baker while he was in middle school. Donley thinks being a military kid also helped him adapt quickly to life away from his family and friends.

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