May 15, 2006
Pocatello, ID --- Donnie Carson, a 6-2 guard from Clarenceville High School in Detroit, Michigan has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Bengals for the 2006-07, becoming the fourth recruit signed by new head coach Joe O'Brien.
Donnie Carson comes to the Bengals after a stellar career at Livonia Clarenceville, where he scored 1,317 career points in only 57 games. Carson took just 46 games to reach the 1,000-point barrier, doing so en route to a school record 40 points against Lutheran North. The three-year starter was team captain as a senior.
As a senior, Carson averaged 26.1 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.7 steals, and 3.3 blocks per game, scoring 620 points while shooting 47% from the field. For his work, he was selected First Team All-Metro Conference and voted League MVP. Donnie was selected First Team All-Metro West and was selected Third Team All-State. He was named to BCAM All-State and All-Observerland first teams. Carson also took care of business off the court, being named All-State scholar athlete. As a Senior his team went 17-7 and won the first Boys Basketball District in school history.
As a junior he scored 457 points, averaging 21.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 4.0 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. Carson's 84 steals ranks eighth all-time in the Michigan High School Athletic Association for a single season. He was voted First-Team All-Metro Conference and First Team All-Metro West. He was named to the Observerland first team, and BCAM Honorable Mention. He was voted captain as a junior and team MVP.
As a sophomore he scored 205 points averaging 17.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.8 steals, and 3.0 blocks per game, playing only 12 games. He was named Second Team All-Metro Conference and Second Team All-Observerland.
Carson joins Daniel Brady, Amorrow Morgan and Austin Kilpatrick as signees for the 2006-07 Bengals.
Said O'Brien of Carson, "Donnie gives us a different type of guard than we have right now in the program. He is extremely athletic, 40-inch vertical, 6-10 wing span...he's just a unique athlete. I've probably only had one like him in my 25 years of coaching."
Added O'Brien, "He's a great rebounder. He had some games up in the 20s, and if you know anything about Michigan High School basketball, you know it's very competitive, so to put up the kinds of numbers he has says something."
Donnie Carson scored over 1,300 points in just 57 high school games.