IC On the Road: Leslie McDonald

WASHINGTON, Ill. --- At the end of the night, all Leslie McDonald cared about was that his team pulled out the win.

It wasn't pretty, but aided by the 6-3 junior combo guard's 17 points, five blocks and four steals, his Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest Christian squad pulled out a hard fought game against a scrappy Eureka (Ill.) High squad Friday night in Washington, Ill.

Taking the floor on the opening night of the Trusted Choice Tournament of Champions, McDonald was simply excited to be playing a real game.

"It's just real nice to get back in the flow," said McDonald. "It just feels good to be out there and getting going against somebody."

Looking more athletic and a little quicker to the rim than in the past, McDonald also showed excellent form on high arching jumpers. Unfortunately, the shots just weren't dropping as he fought his way through a 6-of-18 performance from the field.

Whereas he might have let the poor shooting game get to him in the past, McDonald has learned to help out with other parts of his game when his offense isn't all there.

"Now I just work on the simple things, like getting steals and blocks on defense," he said. "Then I get other players in the game if I can't really get myself in the game."

So far, it's been a busy fall around Briarcrest as coaches have been coming by to visit. Duke, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Memphis, Tennessee, and many others including North Carolina have been by to see him as well.

According to McDonald, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams has made it pretty clear that he'd love to have him in Chapel Hill.

"Coach Roy Williams has called me a number of times," said McDonald. "They're really coming after me and I'm really looking at them."

Having seen North Carolina on television for years, McDonald has been struck by his conversations with Roy Williams.

"Coach Williams, I really enjoy him and he's a nice guy, funny guy really," said McDonald. "I really like North Carolina."

Now that his season is in full swing, McDonald says that his recruitment is going to take a back seat. In order to make things a little easier, he says that he and his dad are hoping to cut down his list to five or six programs within the near future before taking some visits next fall and hopefully arriving at a September decision that he knows won't come easily.

"Being a kid, you used to watch for fun," said McDonald. "Now that I'm being recruited by all these schools I really watch close for their style of play and what they do so it's been a real big change."

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