UNC Men's Basketball Bio
2 Leslie McDonald
McDonald McDonald 816818

CAREER NOTES

Scored in double figures 32 times in his career, including 18 in his final game against Iowa State in the 2014 NCAA Tournament third round • Scored 841 points in 125 games (6.7 per) • Made 147 career three-pointers (.333) • Scored a career-high 24 against UAB on 12/1/12 • Hit six three-pointers in Maui vs. Mississippi State on 11/19/12 • Made multiple three-pointers 37 times.

 

SENIOR SEASON (2013-14)

Second on the Tar Heels in three-pointers made (43) and third in scoring at a career-high 10.4 per game • Scored in double figures in 13 of the 25 games in which he played • Went 43 for 138 from three-point range (.312) • Averaged 5.5 three-point attempts per game • Played a career-high 27.1 minutes per contest, nearly 10 minutes more per game than any previous season • Scored in double figures in five straight games from 1/18/14 to 2/1/14 • Averaged 16.5 points on 14 of 21 field goal shooting in two games against Duke. 

Game Highlights:  Had 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the floor at Duke • Hit three three-pointers and had 14 points at Virginia Tech Earned National Player of the Week honors from Athlon, Andy Katz (ESPN) and College Sports Madness after leading UNC in scoring in home wins over Duke and Wake Forest Scored 40 points in those two games, a career high for scoring in consecutive games Made a season-high 5 of 6 from three-point range and finished with 19 points against the Deacons Played his finest game as a Tar Heel in UNC's 74-66 comeback win over #5 Duke as he led all scorers with 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the floor Was his fourth career 20-point game and his first game in double figures in the last five Scored 11 in the first half and 10 in the second, including a jumper with 3:54 to play that gave UNC the lead for good at 62-60 (was UNC's first lead of the second half) Had more points in the first half than he did in the two previous games against Pitt and FSU combined Made a career-high nine field goals, eight of them two pointers Entered the game 8 for 31 from the floor in the previous four games Scored his 700th career point against NC State on 2/1/14 when he made 7 of 13 shots from the floor Led UNC with 20 points against NC State Played a career-high 35 minutes against Maryland Had 15 points at Georgia Tech (four rebounds, four assists) Made his second career start and first this season against Boston College and had 10 points and four assists Hit a three with 4:30 to play that gave UNC a 10-point lead vs. the Eagles Returned to action vs. Texas after sitting out the first nine games Made four three-pointers and had 15 points against the Longhorns.

 

JUNIOR SEASON (2012-13)

Sixth on the team in scoring at 7.2 points per game • Shot 35.9 percent from three-point range (42 of 117) • Made a three-pointer in 19 of the 30 games in which he played • Scored in double figures seven times • Was 29 for 97 from the floor in his last 16 games • Had 36 assists and 20 turnovers (had six more turnovers than assists in his first two seasons) • Made 42 of his 71 baskets from three-point range.

2013 ACC Tournament: Averaged 7.3 points • Made his 100th career three-pointer in quarterfinal against Florida State • Sank a career-high six free throws (in six attempts) in semifinal win over Maryland • Hit a key three-pointer against Maryland that gave UNC a six-point lead with 8:33 to play.

2012-13 Regular Season Highlights: Had two assists, hit two key free throws and played solid defense in the win over NC State • Played his finest two-way game of the ACC schedule at Georgia Tech as he scored 15 points and played strong defense - made 4 of 6 three-pointers, accounting for four of UNC's six makes from beyond the arc • Had nine first-half points in Atlanta • The 15 points were the most he scored since he had 24 against UAB on Dec. 1st • Scored seven points in win over Virginia • Had 10 points in the loss at Miami • Hit a pair of three-pointers against Wake Forest • Returned to the lineup against Virginia Tech on Feb. 2nd after missing the previous six games • Had three assists and played well defensively, guarding Erick Green, the nation's top scorer, on 19 halfcourt possessions and allowing only one field goal • Did not score at Virginia, the only time this year he has not scored • Scored a career-high 24 points, had a career-high five assists and was UNC's top defender in win over UAB • Scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half against the Blazers • Went 5 for 8 from three-point range, the third time in his career he made at least five from beyond the arc • Played 26 minutes against UAB, most since he played 28 against the College of Charleston in 2010 • Scored 21 points, connecting on 6 of 9 from three-point range, against Mississippi State in Maui • Added 17 against Chaminade • Went 10 for 19 from behind the arc in Maui • Season opener against Gardner-Webb was his first action in a Carolina uniform since the 2011 NCAA East Regional final against Kentucky • Hit a three-pointer in decisive second-half run at Long Beach.

 

2011-12 SEASON
Did not play due to injury • Suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while playing in a summer league game in July 2011.

 

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010-11)
Carolina's fifth-leading scorer overall, the second-leading three-point shooter and top scorer off the bench at 7.0 points a game • Scored in double figures 10 times, including five ACC regular-season and Tournament games • Second on the team with 51 three-pointers made • Made two or more three-pointers in 12 games and four or more four times (Hofstra, Long Beach, Rutgers and Saint Francis) • Made 4 for 20 from three-point range in the last six games • Did not play against Clemson on Jan. 18th because of a back contusion and a small pneumothorax • Suffered the injury in the second half at Georgia Tech on Jan. 16 when he simultaneously fell on the ball and was kneed in the back.

Three-pointer with 3:46 to play against Marquette finally put the game out of reach • Scored all five of UNC's bench points and played well defensively in the win over Washington • Made one of the defensive plays of the season when he defended Clemson's Demontez Stitt on the final play of regulation in Carolina's win in the ACC semifinal • Played a huge role in Carolina's comeback win over Miami in the ACC quarterfinals - scored all 11 of his points in the second half • Hit three three-pointers, two of which jump started the Tar Heel rally from 19 points down.

Helped UNC build a 51-39 halftime lead over Duke as he scored nine first-half points on 3 of 3 shooting from the floor and 2 of 2 free throws • Scored in double figures for the second straight game (first time in ACC play) with 10 key points in the win at Florida State • Hit three three-pointers against the Noles, including back-to-back hoops less than a minute apart that gave UNC a 49-44 lead midway through the second half • Scored an ACC season-high 15 points against Maryland - went 6 for 10 from the floor including 3 for 5 from three-point range • The six field goals were as many as he made in his previous four games • Helped keep UNC close early in the first half at NC State with five points on a pair of baskets • Scored all 13 of his points against Wake Forest in the first half, helping Carolina to a 41-28 lead at the break • Also grabbed a career-high seven rebounds (five on the offensive glass) and made a career-best 5 of 6 from the free throw line against the Deacs • Had eight points (six in the first half) at Duke • Scored nine points in the win at Boston College, including a three-pointer that started UNC's first half run • Hit one three-pointer at Virginia, but it was one of the biggest plays of the game as it cut into UVa's 10-point lead, the last time UNC would trail by double figures.

Led UNC with 14 points on 4 of 7 three-point shooting in the win in Madison Square Garden over Rutgers • Scored 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting against William and Mary -- hit a pair of first-half three-pointers that broke open a sluggish game and gave Carolina a 19-point lead • Won his first defensive player of the game award as a Tar Heel in the win against William and Mary • Hit his first five three-pointers in the first half en route to a career-high 17 points against Long Beach • Also had a career-best three assists against Long Beach • Tied his previous scoring high with 16 points in the win over Hofstra when he made 4 of 6 three-pointers • Went 3 for 3 from the floor including a pair of three-pointers against College of Charleston • Hit a key basket against Kentucky midway through the second half after the Wildcats built a 57-51 lead, UNC's largest deficit of the second half.



FRESHMAN SEASON (2009-10)
Scored seven key first-half points in win at Mississippi State, helping UNC to a 36-33 halftime advantage • Hit a clutch three-pointer in the NIT over William and Mary • Trailing 59-55, he hit a three to pull within a point • Was CBS's player of the game in the win at Wake Forest as he scored a season-high 16 points • Had season highs for points, field goals, field goal attempts, three-pointers, three-point attempts and minutes in Winston-Salem • Was his second game scoring in double figures, first in ACC play, and the first time as a Tar Heel he led the team in scoring • Made 6 of 14 from the floor (2 of 5 3FG) • Scored nine points in the first half helping Carolina to a 32-28 lead at the break • Hit a three-pointer with 12:27 to play, moments after the Deacs had taken their one and only lead of the second half on a three by Al-Farouq Aminu • Later, Wake cut UNC's lead to three (from 11), but McDonald scored on a driving layup with 51 seconds to play to give UNC a 73-68 lead • Then he sealed the win by taking a charge. Went 4 for 4 from the line and netted seven points against FSU • Scored five of his seven points in the second half in the home win over NC State • Three-pointer from the corner gave UNC a 53-45 lead, then added a pair of free throws to up the lead to 10 for the first time • Was more points than he had scored in his previous five ACC games combined • Made two three-pointers and connected on a pair of clutch free throws for eight points in the loss to Georgia Tech • Was the first time as a Tar Heel that he made multiple threes in a game • Made both free throws with 5:02 to play and UNC trailing by four • Scored nine points on 4 of 7 shooting from the floor at Clemson • Was the third time in the last four games he scored nine or more points • Sprained his right ankle in the loss at the College of Charleston, but played 11 minutes in ACC opener against Virginia Tech • Played a season-high 28 minutes and scored in double figures for the time at the College of Charleston • Had 11 points, four rebounds and two blocks against the Cougars • Scored nine points against Albany and added three offensive boards and two assists • Had seven points, six rebounds and two steals in win over North Carolina Central • Played well defensively in the win over Michigan State.

PREP
Played for Coach John Harrington at Briarcrest Christian High School in Eads, Tenn. • Two-time Tennessee Division 2 AA Mr. Basketball • All-time leading scorer in Memphis private school history with 2,353 points • Also set the school career mark with 875 rebounds • Started 129 of 133 games at Briarcrest • Averaged 20.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a senior • Averaged 21.5 points as a junior • Led Briarcrest to the state title in 2008 • Scored a single-game best 37 points as a sophomore • Won Gatorade Player of the Year honors in Tennessee in 2008 • Also earned prep Academic All-America honors • Member of the drama and art clubs • Played for Team USA in Nike Hoop Summit in Oregon • Also earned fourth-team All-America honors from Parade magazine • Played for the USA U18 National Team in the 2008 FIBA Americas Championships in Argentina.

PERSONAL
Born Leslie Vernard McDonald in Memphis, Tenn. • Birthday is Feb. 4 • Son of Leslie Sr. and Wanda McDonald • Majoring in communication studies.

Position: Guard
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
High School: Briarcrest Christian School
Major: Communication Studies
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