McDonald Has Four in Front

Just how good is Phillip McDonald? Over the past few months, the 6-4 SG/WF at Cypress (Texas) Cypress Springs has generated a very diverse set of opinions. Is he a shot-creator with the potential to blow up in big games, or is he an inconsistent offensive player who struggles with suspect dribbling ability?

Different coaches and analysts have arrived at different conclusions. Regardless, no one can dismiss McDonald's shooting ability, and his explosive athleticism has been overlooked on a national scale. For that reason, it appears he has a solid chance to crack the top 100 list by the end of summer.

Part of the argument in McDonald's favor is that, among the coaches who have watched him most, he has received serious interest. A game like this -- with all its strengths and weaknesses -- requires a more extensive look. But as the summer kicks in to full gear, some scholarship offers are starting to float his way.

"I've got offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas, and Marquette, Texas A&M and Gonzaga are in there too," McDonald said. "Kansas just offered me about a week ago."

McDonald said that he has talked to Bill Self on a couple of occasions, after initially being recruited by former KU assistant Tim Jankovich.

Although McDonald said that he is open, there's obviously a very heavy Big 12 flavor to his list.

"I'd be willing to go elsewhere, but yeah, I sort of grew up on the Big 12," he said.

Kansas appears to be in an interesting situation. As of last weekend, McDonald said he definitely intended to attend KU's elite camp. But now, over the past couple of days, it appears he will go to New Mexico's instead. He added that going to the camp at Texas A&M is another possibility.

As for Kansas specifically, McDonald is especially attracted to the Jayhawks' style of play.

"KU is just a big-time school, and in the Big 12," McDonald said. "I like how they go up and down but still have structure, and they also have good guards."

McDonald will continue to play with the TMac All-Stars for the remainder of the summer, which will include stops in Las Vegas and elsewhere.

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