Hoops: Houston shooter interested in Sooners

Houston, Texas guard Phillip McDonald talks about his game and interest in Oklahoma.


For a team to have success in college hoops, they have to have great guards. And one of the very best in the country is Phillip McDonald. Regarded as one of the top two shooting guards in Texas, McDonald is drawing attention from coast-to-coast, and for this somewhat quiet guy that has taken some getting used too.

"It feels good to hear that kind of stuff," said McDonald. "I keep myself level-headed and I always tell myself that I can get better. I don't want to get big-headed or anything. I like the attention and the fact that people notice how well I play. I hope they notice how hard I have been working and that I have been working hard. I am paying the price to get where I want to go and I hope people notice that."

McDonald has developed a great shot and if you leave him open, he will score.

"I have been working on my game and I have been getting more confidence in my game," said McDonald. "I can move the ball around and get into the flow of the offense and I can pass the ball. I have the most confidence in my offensive game in my shooting. My weakness is probably my ballhandling. I do most of my scoring off my jumpshot. I can take the ball in, but my handle isn't all that good. I can still take the ball in close for a two anytime."

McDonald averaged 19 points per game last season. He shot 43 pecent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range and 78 percent from the free throw line. Thus far in AAU ball, he is averaging 14 points per game.

McDonald is receiving attention from a lot of schools and currently he holds three offers.

"Right now I have offers from Texas A&M, Miami and Oklahoma," said McDonald. "Florida State, Iowa State and Oregon are three news schools that are showing interest in me. I am also receiving interest from Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, UNLV, Texas El-Paso and Arizona. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have been by my school."

What does he think of the Sooners?

"I really am considering Oklahoma," said McDonald. "They are very high on my list and I like the way they run the ball. I like Coach (Jeff) Capel, I think he is pretty cool. I have talked to him a couple of times. I talk to Coach (Ben) Betts the most from Oklahoma and he is a cool guy too. This summer I hope to visit three schools, because I only have time for two visits. On one I want to visit Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and then on the other I want to visit Kansas. I am very interested in Kansas because it is one of the best programs in the country. I don't want to be too far away from home, and how early I can play will be a big factor in my decision."

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