Tusculum University basketball guard Donovan Donaldson has been named the Applebee's Male Student-Athlete of the Month for December.
Donaldson, a senior guard from Nashville, Tennessee, averaged a team-best 19.3 points per game in his three outings in December. He shot a blistering 13-of-23 from three-point territory for 56.5 percent.
He opened the month with a 22-point performance against 19th-ranked Queens University of Charlotte on Dec. 16. Donaldson shot 8-of-14 from the floor including 4-of-8 from three-point land. He also dished out two assists and came up with a pair of steals against the conference-leading Royals.
He followed with 18 points and scored the go-ahead basket in Tusculum's 91-87 victory at Barton on Dec. 19. He buried five 3-pointers on eight attempts while posting four rebounds and six assists with zero turnovers.
Donaldson closed out the month with 18 points and four rebounds against Belmont Abbey on Dec. 29.
He finished the month shooting 50 percent from the floor, went 5-of-6 at the free throw line (83%) and averaged 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per contest.
Donaldson leads TU averaging 14.5 points per game which is 12th in the league. He is second in the conference shooting 51.8 percent from three-point territory, which is third-best in NCAA Division II while averaging 2.6 treys per contest (6th in SAC).
The Tusculum Student-Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar of Greeneville. The Applebee's Student-Athlete of the Month Award honors one male and one female student-athlete each month from an in-season sport during the 2018-2019 academic year, recognizing their hard work, effort and performance.