Born in Washington, DC, Donnell Lumpkin honed his basketball skills under the esteemed tutelage of his father Darrell Lumpkin, before moving to central New Jersey in the 10th grade. He was a star player at South Brunswick High School from 1986-1989, becoming the schools all time leading scorer and rebounder. He was coached by the incomparable New Jersey Hall of Famed Tom Carpenter, garnering 1st Team All-Division, 1st Team All-Area, 1st Team All Suburban, 1st Team All-County, 1st Team AP All-State, All Tri-State NY Daily News and was ranked 68th in the country as a High Honorable Mention McDonald’s All-American. He competed on the AAU circuit with the acclaimed Newark YMCA Rams, under the astute direction of Coach Brian Crawford.
He was a standout performer at the Rutgers University Men’s Basketball program from 1989-1993. He is currently 6th in career 3pt field goals made, and more impressively, 1st in career 3pt field goal percentage. He played professionally for the FIBA International team Correcaminos UAT in Tampico, Tamaulipas, traveling all over Mexico, where he was 1st in the league in scoring. He also competed semi-professionally in the Atlantic Basketball Association for the Delaware Blue Bombers, where he was an All-Star & 2nd in the league in scoring.
Donnell has been coaching Amateur Athletic Union and South Brunswick PAL travel youth basketball for the past 20 years.