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Jackson Donahue becomes second Penn 2015 commit this week

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Following a visit last week, Northfield Mount Hermon School (Massachusetts) 2015 guard Jackson Donahue committed to Penn. His coach, John Carroll announced the commitment through the program’s Twitter account on Thursday night.

Donahue, the 6-foot-1 Connecticut native, was being courted by other Ivy League schools before picking the Quakers. This past weekend at the Providence Jam Fest, I spoke to Donahue after he dropped 27 points in a win for his Middlesex Magic AAU team. He had recently returned from Penn, leaving the visit with positive vibes from the coaching staff and about the school.

Donahue is a sharpshooter, hitting 92 3-pointers in his first season at NMH. During the Jam Fest, Donahue began to drive to the basket, something coaches were looking to see more from him. Despite his lack of size, he’s a competitor, the product of being one of the younger brothers in a large basketball family. His older brother, Sam, is a rising sophomore at Boston College.

Nat Graham, who was named as an assistant coach at Penn last week, was part of the BC staff that recruited his brother. That familiarity made an instant impact on Jackson Donahue’s recruitment.

Within the last week, Penn has added two pieces to its Class of 2015, the first being Lower Merion High (Pennsylvania) forward Jule Brown, who committed on May 8. They join Hebrew Academy (Florida) point guard Morris Esformes, who pledged back in March.

Penn hires alum, former Boston College assistant Nat Graham to same position

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With Penn losing assistant coach Scott Pera to Mike Rhodes’ new staff at Rice, head coach Jerome Allen needed to fill a position on his coaching staff for next season.

Allen filled that position on Thursday as Penn alum and former Boston College associate head coach Nat Graham announced on twitter that he was joining the Quakers staff as an assistant coach.

Graham had been an assistant coach under Steve Donahue at Cornell and then at Boston College since the 2005-06 season and was the associate head coach for Boston College the last three seasons. A graduate of Penn in 1997, Graham played with Allen for two years at the school before finishing his playing career at the University of Western Ontario.

While Penn struggled to an 8-20 record last season, Graham should give them an experienced assistant coach and recruiter that has succeeded in the Ivy League in helping Cornell to a Sweet 16 appearance, while also being familiar with the Penn program and Philadelphia basketball scene.