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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 CBSSports.com on Friday.

``I talked to him this afternoon," Leslie McDonald Sr. told CBSSports.com'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: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 9:22 am
 

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

Good luck with a speedy recovery LMac.

Fortunately for the Heels, we are deep in the 2 guard spot.  I hate it for the kid, although, this may be a blessing in disguise for both LMac and UNC.  With a medical redshirt, he will still be a junoir for the 2012 season and one of the team leaders.  The additional time will give him some maturity that was lacking in his first two sasons.



Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2011 8:26 am
 

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

He won't be missed because he's a BUM!   35% shooter that came in with MONUMENTAL expectations and has done NOTHING.   If I were opposing coaches, I wouldn't guard him at all and I'd double Barnes.   Shoot alll you want kid, I'll take 35%.



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2011 5:05 am
 

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

This is a shame!


The kid will miss out on playing for a National Title contending team.


From BBN, cheers to a speedy recovery sir.     &
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Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2011 1:00 am
 

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

This is The University of North Carolina Tar Heels" here people...next up!!!



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:56 pm
 

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

His dad said that his whole life *was not* basketball.  While that may be true it certainly doesn't feel like it when basketball has been your entire life.

Even if he was not a member of my beloved Tar Heels I'd hope McDonald gets back to 100% soon.




Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:45 pm
 

UNC's Leslie McDonald suffers torn ACL

"Whole life is basketball", Well I guess it's good thing to have college education when bad situations pop up like this.


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