College basketball

Donlin, Curtin take hoop talents to University of Maine-Farmington

Former Panther, Windjammer prepare to make leap to next court level
By Mark Haskell | Jul 11, 2018

Farmington — Two recent Midcoast high school graduates and basketball stalwarts will prepare to make the leap to play college hoops at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Kyle Donlin, a 2017 Medomak Valley High School graduate, and John Curtin, a 2018 Camden Hills Regional High School grad, will play basketball for the Beavers.

Donlin, a 6-foot 3-inch forward, was a three-sport athlete for the Panthers and averaged 18 points, five rebounds and four assists on the hardwood his senior season. He helped lead Medomak Valley to an undefeated regular season and he nabbed second-team all-conference honors.

"I have always wanted to play college basketball," said Donlin. "And after figuring out that I didn't want to go to Texas for a job, I wanted to find the best college with a major in fitness/coaching and Farmington has very good programs for those subjects and they already knew about me for basketball."

Medomak Valley coach Nick DePatsy said Donlin is unselfish, an excellent rebounder and his offensive skills improved considerably during his junior and senior seasons.

"He can play inside and out on the perimeter," DePatsy said. "His 3-point [shooting] game has always been consistent. I'm looking forward to watching him play at the next level. He's very coachable and an excellent teammate."

Camden Hills coach Jeff Hart, who coached against Donlin many times over the years, said, “I always admired Kyle’s game from an opposing coach’s viewpoint.”

“He plays the game the right way,” Hart said. “He does all the little things that gives your team a chance to win.”

Curtin, a 6-foot 7-inch center, played basketball for the Windjammers and averaged 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 blocked shots, along with shooting 59.3 percent from the foul line and 44 percent from beyond the arc his senior season. His efforts helped the Windjammers back to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons and earned him second-team all-conference honors.

"It's an amazing feeling to be recruited to play basketball at the next level," said Curtin, who is interested in the school's athletic coaching and community health programs. "It's something I've always imagined and worked hard to achieve, and I'm very excited to be part of UMF's program. I chose UMF because I felt like the coaches gave me the opportunity to be the player I wanted to be on their team, not just fill a spot for a graduating senior player."

“I think John has a chance to be a good college player,” said Hart. “He’ll need to adjust to the physical nature of the game, but he has all the tools."

DePatsy said Curtin "has really improved his last two years of high school."

"He's a great shooter who can stretch defenses," DePatsy said. "His size makes him a tough matchup on defense, he has great range and can knock down threes."

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