McDonald: 'It's a Really Good Class'

Leslie McDonald is set to sign with North Carolina. On Wednesday, as the Fall Signing Period begins the 6-foot-4 guard will sign his Letter of Intent at Briarcrest (Tenn.) Christian.

The school is having a joint signing day celebration with McDonald and his high school and AAU teammate Johnnie Williams, who will sign his LOI for George Mason.

"I think me and Johnnie Williams are going to sign at the same time," McDonald said. "I think they are going to have a table set up for me of North Carolina and for him George Mason and I think the whole school is going to be around."

"I would have never seen it in this perspective," he said about his recruitment. "When it first started I got a ton of phone calls, but now that I'm committed I don't get as many and you can relax. Now I'm about to sign -- it really came fast."

For McDonald the recruiting process began his sophomore year. He was pursued by the likes of Duke, Tennessee, Memphis and Georgetown and visited all five before settling on the Heels.

"Sometimes I didn't know it was going to be that hectic," McDonald said. "I didn't realize it was going to be this many phone calls and I didn't know that because it was my first time going through the process. Overall I thought it was very good."

The four-star recruit ended his recruitment in June, shortly after his official visit to Chapel Hill (N.C.). According to the talented wing, the visit was the highlight of his recruitment.

"I would say out of the whole recruiting process the big thing was the visits," McDonald said. "When I took visits to Duke, North Carolina and Tennessee and getting to see those schools, especially North Carolina. When I took my visit to North Carolina, it just really blew my mind."

Joining McDonald are perennial top five recruit John Henson, Dexter Strickland, Travis Wear and David Wear. The class is ranked No. 1 overall by

"I think it's a really good class," McDonald said. "I think we have all of the spots covered. We have a variety. We have big men and guards."

"[Coach Williams] compared our class to the team with Sean May and all of those guys," he continued. "He said this was like the class he had then. He compared us to them and said that we were a big class."

So what's it going to be like signing to play for North Carolina?

"It's a big thing for me," McDonald said. "I think I'm the first one from Memphis to go to North Carolina and go to a big school like that. I know everybody talks about going to a big school and I think it's very honorable for me and my school also."

McDonald, who is ranked No. 13 at the shooting guard position by, is a guy that will likely spend the majority of his time playing two guard and on the wing.

"I'm not sure what my role is going to be right now," McDonald said. "Whatever coach Roy Williams wants me to do, I'll do it. I could see myself playing the wing and being a slasher and a person coming off screens and shooting. Wherever Coach Williams plays me at, I'll play it."

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