Donaldson, Long named Zaxby's Athletes of the Week

Donaldson, Long named Zaxby's Athletes of the Week

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Tusculum University basketball guards Donovan Donaldson and Mia Long have been named the Zaxby's Athletes of the Week.

Donaldson, a senior from Nashville, Tennessee averaged 17 points and 6.5 rebounds per game to lead Tusculum to a perfect 2-0 record last week with victories over Lee University and Lander University.

He led all scorers with 19 points in TU's 79-56 road win at Lee, snapping a 16-game losing streak to the Flames, ending a drought spanning 32 years.  It was also Tusculum's first win at Lee since 1980.  Donaldson went 7-of-12 from the floor including 4-of-5 from three-point land.  He also dished out two assists.

In Tusculum's 84-61 home-opening win over Lander, Donaldson added 15 points and seven boards as the Pioneers have won three of its last four games.  He also finished the game shooting 6-of-6 at the free throw line.

Donaldson is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game and is shooting 11-of-24 from beyond the arc (45.8%).  He is also averaging 5.5 rebounds per contest.

Long, a junior from Ann Arbor, Michigan, recorded 14 points, four assists and three steals in Tusculum's 74-48 victory over 2018 NCAA II Tournament participant Virginia State University.  Long shot 5-for-9 from the field and went 4-of-5 from the free throw line as TU remained undefeated on the young season to improve to 4-0.

Long is second on the team averaging 10.8 points per game while leading the South Atlantic Conference with her 3.75 steals per contest (T15th in NCAA II).  She anchors a Pioneer team that leads the league in scoring defense (53.5 ppg – 31st in NCAA II) and steals per game (13.8 ppg – 10th in NCAA II).

The Tusculum University Athlete of the Week Award is sponsored by Zaxby's, located at 3280 Andrew Johnson Highway in Greeneville.  The Zaxby's Athlete of the Week Award honors one male and one female athlete each week from an in-season sport.


2018-2019 Zaxby's Athletes of the Week


Male Athlete of the Week

Female Athlete of the Week

Aug. 30-Sep. 2, 2018

Alejandro Quiriti (Soccer)

Nicole McMillen (Soccer)

Sep. 3-9, 2018

Will Cronin (Cross Country)

Alissa Furches (Cross Country)

Sep. 10-16, 2018

Jordon Shippy (Football)

Katie Tomassoni (Golf)

Sep. 17-23, 2018

David Akinpetide (Tennis)

Emilie Hansen (Tennis)

Sep. 24-30, 2018

Henrique Devens (Soccer)

Sonja Ballmert (Soccer)

Oct. 1-7, 2018

Ayuk Tambe (Soccer)

Bailey Bosler (Soccer)

Oct. 8-14, 2018

Ivan Hogans (Football)

Annie McCullough (Tennis)

Oct. 15-21, 2018

Jackson Beeson (Cross Country)

Bailey Bosler (Soccer)

Oct. 22-28, 2018

Lor'renzo Pratt (Football)

Cassie Born (Volleyball)

Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2018

Jonny Winter (Soccer)

Nicole McMillen (Cross Country)

Nov. 5-11, 2018

Georgios Charkoutsakis (Soccer)

Sydney Wilson (Basketball)

Nov. 12-18, 2018

Caleb Hodnett (Basketball)

Nicole McMillen (Cross Country)

Nov. 19-25, 2018

Donovan Donaldson (Basketball)

Mia Long (Basketball)