Bloomington, Ind. – A short trip to Bloomington has landed IU on Leslie McDonald's short list of potential destinations.
The 6-4, 185-pound shooting guard from Memphis, Tenn., was in Bloomington along with his father for an unofficial visit this weekend, taking in Saturday's 70-51 win over Kentucky as well as spending some time with the IU coaching staff.
"It was a great trip," McDonald said. "I really enjoyed the crowd, the atmosphere and the game. It was Kentucky and Indiana, and they are such big rivals."
McDonald said the trip to Bloomington moved Coach Kelvin Sampson's program up in his eyes, and the Hoosiers are now among seven schools McDonald said he's still considering – IU, Memphis, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgetown, Duke and Ohio State.
"The trip moved Indiana up a little bit because I knew the history of Indiana, but now that I've been able to see things and meet the players and the coaching staff, I was very impressed.
"I'm seriously thinking about them – they're up there at the top."
The trip to Bloomington came on the heels of a trip to Kentucky for a prep basketball tournament. McDonald's Briarcrest Christian Schools prep team competed in the Marshall County Hoopfest Friday night. While his team lost to Tilghman H.S., McDonald had a big night with 23 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and three steals.
After playing on Friday night, the McDonalds made the drive to Bloomington Saturday morning and spent the day touring the campus, meeting the IU players and staff, and watching the basketball game.
The game, in particular, impressed McDonald.
"The fan support was impressive," McDonald said. "The had a packed house, and I saw that and it interested me a lot. To think they didn't have Eric Gordon and some other kye players and they still beat Kentucky, that impressed me."
The same goes for Sampson, who the McDonalds were able to meet with twice – both Saturday and Sunday morning.
"Coach Sampson and some of the staff talked to me for about an hour (Saturday), and we had a good discussion," McDonald said. "He talked about wanting to improve the program, and about the players they have coming in with the '08 class like Devin (Ebanks) and Matt Roth. He said he's looking at the '09 class and telling me he sure could use me in that class."
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