UNC Making Push for McDonald

Although Leslie McDonald is focused on his coming high school season, the 6-foot-4 wing is still thinking a lot about the recruiting process. As nationwide interest in him continues to grow, UNC is making a strong push.

At this point he claims scholarship offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee and Wake Forest.

Duke and Florida are also involved in his recruitment, but according to McDonald neither has stepped up with a scholarship offer. While the Blue Devils and Gators want to see a little more out of McDonald, there are other schools that are clearly making him a priority.

"I've been hearing a lot from North Carolina," McDonald said. "They've been coming at me pretty hard. Ohio State, they've been coming after me. Georgetown is coming, too. I heard that Greg Monroe committed there."

The Tar Heels are in need of a wing in the 2009 class, and they have certainly devoted a lot of attention towards McDonald.

"They offered me like three weeks ago," McDonald said. "[Roy Williams] came to my school and the first time he came to my school he wanted to give me a scholarship. He eventually called my parents and got us together and said he was serious about giving me a scholarship and wanted me to come there."

"Then he came a second time, too, which was pretty cool. He's really coming after me and is saying whatever is comfortable with me. Every college wants you to go for them. He just wanted me to understand that he is really coming after me."

The Hoyas have certainly made a splash on the recruiting trail lately with Monroe's commitment and they are using that as a selling point with McDonald.

"When you see other impact players and other highly touted players you can kind of use that in consideration and that plays a part," McDonald said.

Recently McDonald took a visit to Memphis for the midnight madness festivities. The Briarcrest (Tenn.) Christian standout is hoping to visit a few more campuses during the college season.

"We are playing games in a few different regions, so we are thinking if there's the opportunity that we might stop by a few places," he said. "Me and my dad were also thinking about seeing some games and going to a few different colleges and watching them play."

McDonald and his Briarcrest squad kick off their season on November 12th. The Saints will play a number of games out of state, including a game in the Marshall County (Ky.) Hoopfest.

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