UKmadness 2009 rankings, #16
Posted by ibleedblue040 on June 18, 2008
#16 – Leslie McDonald – Committed to North Carolina
– The biggest positive in Leslie McDonald’s game has to be his length and size for his position. Although you might not consider this to be a skill, McDonald has a very imposing figure for a shooting guard. Not only is he 6’5″ 200 lbs., he has the wingspan of someone 3′-4′ taller than him. McDonald uses his length to his full advantage by harrassing smaller opponents while he is on defense or by taking his time on his release because no one his height or shorter is going to get high enough to block it.
– The other part of McDonald’s game that is very good is his fluidity on the court. McDonald is just one of those players that seem to make the toughest plays look easy. He seems to float in the air instead of jumping, some of this is because of the length I talked about earlier, he has a longer leash on the basketball court because he can make up for minor setbacks with his length. McDonald might be the “smoothest” player that you will see come out of the 2009 class. In some ways he reminds me of NBA Hall of Famer George Gervin because of how easy he makes plays look, as The Ice Man did.
– The only knock on Leslie McDonald’s game is his strength. Although he is 200 lbs. he still does not have that solid body you are looking for in a high prospect or a college player. Guys like OJ Mayo and Eric Gordon succeeded in the colllege game last season because of how strong their bodies were, both in the upper body and lower body. Guys in the D-I ranks are generally alot stronger at each and every position so to drive the lane and have the same finishing ability as he does now McDonald is going to hit the weight room over the summer, this coming season, and at North Carolina.
I would compare Leslie McDonald most to Houston Rockets shooting guard Tracy McGrady. Not only do they both have the Mc- at the beginning of their name (As do I), but they both make the game look so easy with their constant length and fluid plays. McGrady does have about 3′ on McDonald but both are a little lighter than most college/NBA players their size and both are very good defenders and all-around scorers.