Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest
Class of 2009
He's never been a guy that has needed to take a bunch of shots to be productive and he's also never been one to force too many things. He's a good ball handler -- who has made significant strides dribbling with his off (left) hand in the past few months -- capable of geting into the lane where he can finish or create for others if nothing is there. Additionally, he is quite adept at using the dribble to create space for pull-up jumpers from between 12 and 17 feet.
Because of added strength and improved quickness, McDonald is also a fine defender. He understands how to play off the ball and can move from a help position back into a defensive stance on his man without losing him. He's not necessarily a guy who gets a ton of steals, but he rarely takes gambles that leave him in poor position.
McDonald's jump shot also remains a work in progress. While he's generally a pretty good shooter in the mid-range and off of the dribble, he's still developing his shot from deep, coming off of screens or when he's spotted up. In the past, he's had some balance issues but he's getting a much better base and the improved footwork is allowing a quicker release with more explosion off the floor. Also, McDonald has really worked on his release point and shooting a ball that has more arch and rotation on it.
Scouting Report: Leslie McDonald
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