Donadio is fifth Bristol player past 1,000 points

Tribune Chronicle file / Joe Simon Bristol’s Tommy Donadio, right, looks to make a move against LaBrae defender Aaron Iler in a game earlier this season.

When the year started, Tommy Donadio wasn’t even aware that he was close to 1,000 career points.

Donadio was told just a few days before his game against Champion that he was very close to 1,000 points. Not long after, he became the fifth player in Bristol history to reach the milestone.

“Teamwork and the leadership has been great. Coach (Craig) Giesy being around all the time has been important for me,” Donadio said about getting to 1,000 points. “I had no idea until the day before the game in which I got it. My guys said that they will set it up for me so that I get it.”

Donadio started his freshman year but only played 14 games due to a leg injury. He averaged 10.9 points per game. He played well in his sophomore year, averaging 11.8 points per game while also increasing all his other numbers as well.

“He’s a four-year starter for us. He gives us energy on both sides of the floor,” Giesy said. “I know when he’s not playing well, he’s still involved with the game. He’s put a lot of time in and put up a lot of shots in the summer. He really developed into a shooter.”

Donadio’s junior year was the season he really took off. In 25 games, he averaged 19.6 points with 2.9 assists and 2.7 steals per game. He set the school-record of 89 3-pointers in a season.

He earned First -Team Division IV All-Northeast Inland District, First Team D-IV District 1, First Team D-IV All County and First Team All-Northeastern Athletic Conference as the leading vote getter.

“He’s developed into an all-around player now. He’s a very gifted athlete, which helps us on the defensive end,” Giesy said. “He’s a very quiet, unselfish kid. He’s a kid that I would trust with my kids. He’s the exact type of kid that I want at my program.”

Donadio entered the year with 951 career points. He is now at 1,162 career points.

“I just like to work hard and get my teammates involved,” Donadio said. “I like winning. I don’t care about my thousandth point. I want to get somewhere. Hopefully regionals at least and make a run.”

He is averaging 17.6 points with a career-high 3.8 rebounds, career-high 3.7 assists and a career-high 2.8 steals as a senior.