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UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:57 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 9:57 pm
By Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish

Leslie McDonald’s junior season at North Carolina could be in jeopardy after he suffered a torn ACL on Thursday night, his father told on Friday.

``I talked to him this afternoon," Leslie McDonald Sr. told's Gary Parrish. "It is torn"

Asked how his son is dealing with the news, McDonald Sr., answered, "Not good. Basketball is very important to him, but I told him his whole life isn’t basketball and he’s going to be OK."

The 6-foot-4 McDonald -- who came off the bench and averaged 7.0 points in just 15.7 minutes per game last season -- suffered the injury in a Pro-Am game, according to John Harrington, who coached McDonald in high school at Briarcrest Christian in Memphis.

"He did a little stepback move and the knee just buckled on him," Harrington told Parrish. "I just hate it for him."

This is an obvious blow to the Tar Heels, who are expected to be the nation's top-ranked team in every preseason poll. But it's possible UNC will be able to absorb the loss of its top 3-point shooter -- especially if sophomore Reggie Bullock is healthy. The Tar Heels are also adding a talented freshman shooter in P.J. Hairston.

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Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:08 pm

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

To everyone that is wishing ill will to my Beloved UNC Tarheels it's all good. The more people hate on us the better we play we wouldn't be Carolina if people didn't dislike us. As far as the individuals who are wishing ill will on our players you should be ashamed of yourself. Let the record show that I STRONGLY DISLIKE DUKE, with that being said I don't wish for anybody player to be hurt because they are just kids who want to have fun playing the sport that they love. Basketball is not that serious!

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:34 pm

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

Wildcatter...if UK and UNC have no injuries, your statement of no-one could defeat both of them is way out on a limb.  I remember two years ago, UK and KU fans making similar claims and neither made it.

Last season's NC game had Butler and UConn in it.  Only homers of those schools picked either of them to the end.  No-one picked them both.

My bet...Neither UNC or UK will be in the NC this year.  Both teams are easily beaten on any given day.  They are filled with teenagers and cannot be relied upon.  For any one team to win 5 in a row, a lot of magical things have to happen.  

Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:50 pm

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

I said a few weeks ago, amongst friends, that I couldn't see how a team in the upcoming NCAA tourny could defeat both UNC & UK. Defeat one...yes, but both would be almost impossible considering the superior talent, experience, and depth of both squads. And I added at the time after expressing my could all change if both teams weren't able to stay healthy throughout the year(I must of jinxed both squads). And look what has happened just in the last few days. UNC loses McDonald, an expected key contributor off the bench. And just today, it's being reported that UK has lost jr guard/forward Jon Hood to a torn ACL as well. Hood wasn't expected to be a starter, but he was expected to be a contributor off the bench this season. Just shows how in a blink of an eye, even in July, the whole college basketball landscape can change in a blink of an eye!

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:47 pm

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

Stay classy dook fans....maybe you can incorporate a kids injury into your cheer sheets next year.

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:31 pm

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

As a Duke fan, I have to agree that this doesn't change the fact that (at least on paper) UNC is the best team in the ACC.  Why couldn't it have been BARNES!!!!?   

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:26 am

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

UNC will probably not average 90 points per game this year like the 2005 and 2009 championship teams but they will probably score around 85 per game and be much better defensively than either of the last 2 national title teams. Mcdonald was a very good player who changed some games when he got hot from behind the arc and became a very good perimiter defender towards the end of the year, but with Bullock and Hairston on the roster the Heels will have no problem getting by without him.

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:08 am

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL instead of putting up 97 points a game, we will put up 90.

Ha stew...funny but ain't happening.  Maybe in the acc....but no-where outside the little league that used to.   

UNC...sorry to read about McDonald.  We all hope he is back 100 percent soon.  With those studs, losing any one player will not be big.

Since: Feb 9, 2010
Posted on: July 18, 2011 11:37 pm

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL


Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2011 3:31 pm

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

This sucks for McDonald... He's a great player with a lot of potential. However, I don't think we'll be in that much trouble without him. There was a log jam at the 2 spot anyway. Now it's just Strickland, Hairston & Bullock... We'll be fine. Get better soon, Leslie.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:04 pm

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

Never want to see a young kid get hurt, but this could be good for UNC down the road.  It extends his elegibility another year and he'll be a 4 yr player which will help after all the early departures sure to come in the next year or two.  Always good to have a mature senior on your team.  GO HEELS!!!

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