Mar 21, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Leslie McDonald (2) drives against Providence Friars forward Tyler Harris (25) in the first half of a men

UNC Basketball: A Tribute to Leslie McDonald

Leslie McDonald came into North Carolina as the 32nd rated overall recruit in the class of 2009, according to ESPN.com. He was mainly known for his shot at UNC and had a solid five year career for the Tar Heels. McDonald went out having one of the better games of his career, as far as impact on the game.

Leslie came into North Carolina with Dexter Strickland, David and Travis Wear, and John Henson. Henson left after his junior season, Strickland left after his senior season, and the Wear twins transferred after their freshman season. Leslie, however did not leave when Dexter did. Leslie McDonald tore his ACL the summer before the 2011-2012 season began, thus ending his season and causing him to redshirt.

McDonald has nearly seen it all when it comes to UNC Basketball. He was here through the bad times and good times. At times during his senior season at North Carolina, Leslie likely would’ve been remembered as “the guy who was suspended 10 games.” That is no longer the case. He had his two biggest games as a fifth year senior, and they could not have come at more opportune times.

The senior did not want his last home game against Duke to be spoiled by losing. Leslie McDonald scored 21 points (9-12 shooting) and grabbed four rebounds to come back against Duke to win 74-66. He hit the go-ahead jumper to take the lead at 62-60 with 3:54 left, and the Tar Heels did not look back.

In his last game at the collegiate level against Iowa State in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, McDonald had 18 points, two rebounds, and two assists in the heartbreaking 85-83 loss. He had a great game to go out on.

His senior year, he averaged 27.7 minutes per game with 10.4 points per game, 2 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game.

Tar Heel nation wishes the best of luck to Leslie wherever his basketball career takes him next, and thanks him for five great years at Carolina.

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