PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Steve Donahue, has announced the addition of Matt MacDonald to the program. MacDonald played the last two seasons at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He will sit out the 2015-16 season, per NCAA regulations, and will have two years of eligibility starting with the 2016-17 season.
“Matt is a great addition to the Quaker basketball family,” said Donahue, who was hired in March and will coach his first season with the Quakers in 2015-16. “He is the type of player, on and off the court, who we feel can help us compete for an Ivy League championship. Matt has started the last two years at Fairleigh Dickinson, and was a captain his sophomore season. He will be a terrific leader for our young players.”
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Eggertsville, N.Y./Canisius HS (Fairleigh Dickinson)
2014-15 (at FDU): One of just five players to play in all 29 games, starting 28 … Averaged 9.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 29.5 minutes per game … Second on the team in rebounding, fourth in scoring … Second on the team in minutes per game and three-point baskets (41) … Fourth in assists (31) … Had 11 double-figure scoring games, and six games with at least three three-point baskets … Scored a career-high 29 points (8-12 FG, 10-11 FT) and added eight rebounds against Princeton (12/3) … Recorded 18 points (including four treys), four rebounds, two assists and two steals in win over FDU-Florham (11/17) … Had 16 points, four boards, three steals against Bryant (2/12) … Followed that up with 14 points at Wagner (2/14) … Dropped 15 points, six rebounds and two assists against Lafayette (11/30) … Opened the season with 12 points, eight rebounds and two steals at Saint Joseph’s (11/14) … Also scored 12 points against Robert Morris (2/7) and Sacred Heart (2/26) … Went for 13 points in first meeting with the Pioneers (1/22) as well as against Delaware (12/20) … Recorded 10 points and six rebounds at Columbia (11/25).
2013-14 (at FDU): One of three players to start all 31 games, averaging 30.3 minutes per game … Named to the Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team … Averaged 8.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game … Connected on 53 baskets from three-point range, 12th among NEC players, and made at least three or more 10 times … Scored in double figures in 15 contests … Had season-high 21 points (12-14 FT), four rebounds and two assists over 38 minutes in the NEC-opening victory over Mount St. Mary's (1/9) and was named the Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week after following that game up with 13 points and three rebounds in a loss at Sacred Heart (1/11) … Netted 19 points, knocking down five shots from behind the arc in the Knights’ victory at LIU Brooklyn (1/16) … Knocked down the go-ahead three-pointer with 25.4 seconds left to give FDU a 73-72 win at Rutgers (11/26) … Finished with 14 points (4-8 on treys), six rebounds against the Scarlet Knights … Grabbed a season-high seven rebounds and added 10 points in a loss to Robert Morris (2/27) … Knocked down 5-of-9 shots en route to scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds in a loss at St. Francis Brooklyn (3/1) … Named to NEC Academic Honor Roll (3.2 GPA or higher).
High School: Lettered four times in basketball at Canisius High School, served as team captain … High school coach was Kyle Husband … As a senior, averaged 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and nearly three assists per game to help the Crusaders to the state Catholic final (23-5 record) … Canisius also won Manhattan Cup titles each of his final three seasons … Third-team All-Western New York and first team All-Catholic as a senior … National Honor Society member … Honor Roll student.
Personal: Son of Maura and Mike MacDonald … Two uncles played college basketball, Tommy MacDonald at UNH and Michael Heary at Navy … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.