Bloomington, Ind. – Leslie McDonald isn't exactly sure when he'll be making a trip to Bloomington, but he knows he'll be headed to IU soon.
The 6-4, 185-pound shooting guard from Memphis' Briarcrest Christian Schools was in attendance for Coach John Calipari's Memphis Tiger Midnight Madness on Friday, and now he's trying to find a weekend that works to head north to visit Coach Kelvin Sampson's IU program.
While there were rumors that Scout.com's 18th-ranked player in the '09 class was scheduled to be in Bloomington this coming weekend (Oct. 19-21) for an unofficial visit, he said that's still up in the air.
"Me and my dad have been talking about it, but we haven't made it official," McDonald said. "We're looking at a variety of weekends. It could be this weekend, it could be in two weekends. We're not sure."
Whether McDonald finds the time to head to town before the start of his junior season, he said he does plan to be headed to town at some point, at possibly more than once.
"If we can't get there before the season, I'm pretty sure we're going to go to some of their games," McDonald said. "I hear they play Kentucky, and I know that's a big rival. I'd love to watch that game."
While McDonald would love to watch that game, IU Coach Kelvin Sampson would love to have a chance to have this talented shooting guard on campus for a closer look at the Hoosier program. He's being recruited by plenty of big names such as North Carolina, Memphis, Louisville, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Ohio State, but it's clear IU has made an impression on Scout's fifth-ranked shooting guard.
"I've really been taking notice of Indiana," said McDonald, who averaged 25 points per game as a sophomore. "I've been studying their games just like I've been studying a lot of colleges. But particularly with Indiana, I see their style is an up and down pace, but at the same time controlled. I also see they like to have fun."
Sampson's team's style has made an impression on McDonald, and so has his personality during the recruiting process.
"I spoke with Coach Sampson, and he's a really nice man, a really cool guy," McDonald said. "I'd think I'd really enjoy him."
When McDonald does come to town, he's expecting to see an electric atmosphere based on what's he's heard from Sampson.
"He talks a lot about the environment there," McDonald said. "He told me they live, sleep and drink basketball there. Of course I'd love a good environment, and he's said the academics are great there as well.
"I'm really impressed. Indiana is one of my top choices."
That list of top choices currently includes about eight or nine schools according to McDonald. One of them is Memphis, the hometown school which hosted McDonald for its Midnight Madness practice last Friday night.
"Being at the FedEx Forum, with a lot of fans, it was great," McDonald said. "Plus being there in my hometown, it was a great environment, so I really enjoyed it."
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