The 6-9, 210-pound Jack had a challenging first season as he added muscle to his frame in the weight room, adjusted to the college game and suffered a stress fracture in his right foot that sidelined him for the final two months of the season. The three-time Pennsylvania All-State selection and former volleyball standout displayed terrific athleticism and a quick and explosive vertical leap that is expected to make him an effective rebounder and shot blocker. A left- hander who recorded 1,725 points in high school, he also showed a nice face-up game with a confident shooting stroke and range to the three-point line. His agility and ability to run the floor are expected to make him a valuable asset as he continues to work in the weight room and refine his game.
"Donovon is an even better athlete than we expected. He is a tremendous leaper and a very skilled player who has excelled in our pre-season workouts. His high basketball IQ will help him make a quick transition to college basketball."
- Patrick Chambers
Jack saw action in 17 games as a freshman before having his season cut short when he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot (2/19) and missed the final six games of the season...saw action in eight Big Ten games...averaged 1.7 ppg and 1.0 rpg while playing 6.6 minutes per contest...shot 47.8 percent from the floor...scored in seven games...had a season high eight points and three rebounds in a win over Delaware State (12/15), doing 4-of-5 from the floor...scored five points and had two rebounds vs. Indiana (1/7)...scored baskets vs. Ohio State (1/26) and at Iowa (1/31)...posted three points vs. Duquesne (12/29) and at La Salle (12/5).
A three-time All-State selection, Jack earned first-team PIAA honors for the second time while leading Berks Catholic to division, county and class AAA district championships in the school's first season in 2011-12...the Saints posted a 28-3 record overall and went 11-0 in their league as Jack was named the Reading Eagle Male Athlete-of-the-Year...twice named Berks County Player-of-the-Year by the Reading Eagle...finished his career with 1,725 points, 10th most in Berks history and the most ever by a player in the city of Reading... averaged 17.0 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in 2011-12 as he earned Pennsylvania Class AAA first-team All-State honors and led Berks to the PIAA District III Class AAA title... MVP of the 2012 District 3 Class AAA playoffs after posting 66 points, 52 rebounds and shooting 73 percent (27 of 37) in four games...posted 23 points, nine boards and five blocks while shooting 7-of-8 in a PIAA Tournament first round win...had 18 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to Abington Heights in the PIAA Tournament second round... made 42 consecutive shots over a six-game span earlier in the year and shot 68 percent for the season...posted 78 blocks and 56 assists on his senior campaign and showed an ability to run the floor and shoot from three-point range...also won two Class A titles as a sophomore and junior while attending Reading Central Catholic...won three district championships and 85 games in his three combined seasons at Central Catholic and Berks Catholic...averaged 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game as a junior while earning 2011 PIAA Class-A first-team All-State and Berks County Player of the Year honors...a 2010 Class-A PIAA third-team selection as a sophomore on a Central Catholic team that reached the state championship game at the Bryce Jordan Center...a four-year varsity starter and three-year captain his teams never won less than 23 games and topped 27 wins three times, including a 30-2 mark his sophomore year...played with the PA Playaz and York Ballers during the AAU season...also a standout volleyball player and an honor student.
Born on Nov. 18, 1993 in Reading, Pa....full name is Donovon Matthew Jack...the son of Curt and Donna Jack...has two younger brothers, Connor and Casey, and a younger sister, Delaney...his grandmother, Jackie, attended Penn State...his mother, Donna, played Division I basketball at Manhattan College...his father, Curt, played basketball at Muhlenberg College...his aunt, Stacy Edwards, was a 2,000-point scorer at Kutztown High School...his father is an engineer and Jack hopes to pursue a degree in engineering.