McDonald a High Priority for UNC

With four commitments in hand for his 2009 recruiting class, Roy Williams is searching for a talented wing prospect to round it out, and Leslie McDonald is on the Hall of Fame coach's short list.

Although recruiting interest has been strong as of late, McDonald, a standout at Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest Christian, put it to the side to focus on winning the Division 2-AA boys state championship.

The Saints won the title this past Saturday with a 68-49 win over Memphis (Tenn.) Christian Brothers. McDonald, who picked up the 2-AA Mr. Basketball award, put up 15 points in the championship game.

"We came out with a wining season," the 6-foot-4, 185-pound junior wing said. "There were some bumps along the way, but we found a way to reach our goals and we won a state championship."

With the season over, McDonald then set his sights on a few more college visits. He actually didn't waste any time, as he visited Tennessee on Sunday, just a day after winning the state championship.

"We just got done visiting for the Kentucky/Tennessee game at Tennessee," McDonald said. "[Recruiting has] been going well. It's still calm and I'm still looking at my choices and hopefully I'll be able to take visits to North Carolina and Duke soon."

"We have talked to them, but we haven't told them visit dates because we don't know right now," he said about his possible visits to Chapel Hill and Durham. "But we are going to go down there and visit them soon."

The Tar Heels are searching for a wing to go with commitments from Dexter Strickland, John Henson, David Wear and Travis Wear. Roy Williams has an offer on the table for McDonald and he's clearly making him a top priority.

"With the NCAA rules they can only call once a month and Roy Williams has been calling me once a month to check on me," McDonald said. "A couple of times he's come up to see me at a couple of games. He has informed me that he wants to get me to come to Carolina."

"Roy Williams basically told me that North Carolina is really coming after me and they think I'm a great player," he continued. "They think I can really help out the team and he said he's just coming after me hard."

To go with North Carolina, Duke and Tennessee, McDonald also has Ohio State, Georgetown and Memphis on his list. Prior to making a decision he would also like to take trips to Georgetown and Ohio State.

"You don't know when a commitment is going to happen, but I would like to have a commitment by the fall," McDonald said.

McDonald, who is ranked No. 18 overall in the 2009 class, will play with Memphis YOMCA on the AAU circuit again this summer. They'll kick off their travel season the second weekend of April at the Boo Williams Invitational.

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