McDonald Becoming More Aggressive

BENTON, Ky. – Leslie McDonald got off to a fast start at the Marshall County Hoopfest, but cooled as the game went on. Still, the North Carolina commitment put together a solid effort in Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest's Friday night win over Chicago (Ill.) Homewood Flossmoor.

Out of the gate, McDonald scored a quick seven points, including a three-pointer to get Briarcrest out to an early lead. But as the game wore on, he struggled to knock down shots and at times deferred to his teammates Greg Wooten and George Mason commit Johnnie Williams.

"I think it was pretty good," he said of the game. "We came out with the victory. I didn't come out as good as I wanted, but Greg and Johnnie took over the game so I had to give it to the ones that were being productive."

"I think I played pretty decent," McDonald said. "I wanted to attack more and get more out of it, but sometimes you don't do as well as you want. But Johnnie and Greg really took over."

McDonald finished with 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting, including 1-for-5 from three. He also snagged 10 rebounds and tossed out a trio of assists. Despite not having a great shooting day, he did look more aggressive on the offensive end.

"This summer I started working on my aggressive level and ability to score," McDonald said. "I'm just trying to produce."

McDonald's senior season is off to a great start. Briarcrest did just take their first loss to Joe Jackson and Memphis (Tenn.) White Station, but McDonald thinks they're primed for another state championship run.

"We are 5-1 right now," McDonald said. "We just had a tough loss to White Station, but now we are in full stride. It was a good game until the fourth quarter. Me, Greg and Johnnie have to bring it all game."

Although his high school season is in full swing, he's been able to watch North Carolina on the tube a few times.

"I just recently watched them play Michigan State and I was very pleased," McDonald said.

"I love their team," he continued. "They are boom, boom, boom. I love teams like that and I love that type of style. I can't wait [to get there]."

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