USA: Leslie McDonald Spotlight

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Of all the underclassmen at the USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival, Leslie McDonald is among the most talented. The Memphis (Tenn.) Briacrest standout went toe-to-toe with the top 2008 prospects and certainly held his own.

Statistically, McDonald was impressive, averaging 12.8 points and 3.6 assists per game. Among the most telling statistics was his assist to turnover ratio (18 assists and 4 turnovers), which ranked first of all campers.

"I think I did pretty good," McDonald, who was on the Gold medal team, said. "Obviously there is a lot of talent [here] and there are plenty of things for me to work on, but overall I think I did pretty good."

"It was a great experience for me to come out here and play with these older guys. It's great competition and I've really learned from these guys. It was a real good experience."

Following the USA Festival, McDonald will likely get dozens more phone calls from college coaches. So far, he claims scholarship offers from Tennessee, Memphis, Mississippi, Georgetown, Louisville and Alabama.

"It's going pretty good," he said about his recruitment. "I got a lot of colleges looking at me and I'm very interested in a lot of the colleges. It's going good."

Another school that threw its hat into the mix was North Carolina. Recently Tar Heel assistant coach Steve Robinson chatted with McDonald about a possible visit.

"I talked with their assistant coach. They want me to take an unofficial visit down there, which would be cool. They said they would be recruiting me real hard."

Like most of the top rated players in the sophomore class, McDonald will be busy in July. His first event will be the LeBron James Skills Academy, and then he'll head to the Peach Jam with Memphis YOMCA before finishing up the summer in Orlando.

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