Leslie Mcdonald News Archive

Spenser Dalton: Thoughts on UNC vs. Clemson

Having Theo Pinson most certainly would have changed the complexion of the game. The Tar Heels have now dropped 3 in a row for the first time in 5 seasons, reaching back to my freshman year when James Michael McAdoo, Reggie Bullock and Leslie McDonald were still donning the Argyle. Things aren’t going well for the Tar Heels right now, yet there is still time to improve.

Former UNC Players Post Cool Throwback Photos Before Tonight’s Game Against Duke

Ex-UNC players Danny Green, Sean May and Leslie McDonald all posted throwback photos from their playing days. There’s a lot of other talented Tar Heels in these pictures too, including Wayne Ellington, Marvin Williams and Ty Lawson.

Daily Word: Marcus Paige in a slump?

Marcus Paige's numbers are way down this season at North Carolina. Why? C.L. Brown: Paige isn't playing off the ball as much as he did last season and as a result, I think he still struggles with balancing when to hunt for his shot and when to distribute. Last season, opponents also had to respect Leslie McDonald from outside. Now defenses have locked in on him as UNC's only true shooting threat.

Former UNC guard Leslie McDonald to play in Israel

Former UNC guard Leslie McDonald will start his professional career playing in the Israeli National League. The Memphis native who spent five injury-plagued years in Chapel Hill inked a deal with Hapoel Kfar Saba after a senior season at UNC in which he averaged 10.4 points, 2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. During his Tar Heel career McDonald scored 841 points in 125 games (6.7 per game). He made 147 career three-pointers while shooting 33.3% from beyond the arc.

Where are UNC's outside shooters?

The question that should scare those in Chapel Hill is where is the outside shooting going to come from outside of Marcus Paige? Paige is their lone proven shooter. He led the team in 3-point percentage last season converting 38.9 of his attempts. With the departure of Leslie McDonald, Paige is the only returning player on the roster to reach double digit 3-pointers.

J.P. Tokoto settling into veteran role

This time last year, J.P. Tokoto was trying to find his spot at North Carolina. Now, he's helping the new Tar Heels find theirs. During his midsummer meeting with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, the rising junior said the vibe around the program this offseason is one of stability. That's in stark contrast to last summer, when the questions around the status of guards P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald loomed over everything.

Turner's Take: A New Chapter for Paige

Marcus Paige is the clear leader for the 2014-15 Tar Heels, a group that, while still young, has its share of experience and more than enough talent to compete with the nation’s best teams next season. Carolina loses nearly a third of its scoring with the graduation of Leslie McDonald and the departure of James Michael McAdoo, but Paige has the ability to elevate the play of those around him.

Thinner Meeks seeks leadership role

Heading into his sophomore season at North Carolina, Kennedy Meeks is looking to do more than merely establish himself as a starter and key contributor for the 2014-2015 Tar Heels. He's looking to join point guard Marcus Paige as one of the leaders on this UNC squad, helping pick up the slack left behind with the departures of James Michael McAdoo and Leslie McDonald.

Graduation For Four Basketball Seniors

UNC men's basketball players James Manor, Leslie McDonald, Wade Moody and Denzel Robinson have earned their degrees from Carolina, taking part in graduation ceremonies on Sunday. Manor and Moody earned B.A. degrees in business administration and management and society, respectively. McDonald and Robinson both earned a B.A. in communication studies.

Lucas: First In His Family

Leslie McDonald, who earned a communications degree on Sunday morning, is the first member of his family to receive a college degree. He arrived in Chapel Hill with very concrete basketball dreams and very little idea of what a diploma might actually mean to him and his family. Over the last five years, though, he's gained a new appreciation for what being part of the Carolina family will mean to him later in life.

Tar Heels the early ACC basketball favorite

Like last year, there seems to be a clear distinction in talent between about the top four or five teams and everyone else in the league. And while to me it’s very close among those top few, I’ll take the Tar Heels as the slight early favorite. UNC loses only James Michael McAdoo and Leslie McDonald and fills their spots with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.

Leslie McDonald impresses crowd in Burgaw, Stilman White to speak with Roy Williams

A team of ACC All-Stars played a group of local high school basketball players on Thursday in Burgaw. As expected, it turned out to be a slam-fest with T.J. Warren and Leslie McDonald leading the way. Former Hoggard Viking Stilman White attended the game and said he'll be talking to UNC coach Roy Williams this week about returning to the Tar Heels now that White's Mormon mission is over.

Season In Review: Leslie McDonald

Leslie McDonald made a triumphant return to the UNC lineup against Texas, scoring 15 points and nailing four three-pointers in his first game as a senior. His presence provided what Carolina sorely missed in his absence-the legitimate threat of a perimeter shooter to complement Marcus Paige.

Barnstorming Tour brings fun cap to Leslie McDonald's career

UNC's Leslie McDonald is among the headliners coming to Pender High School on Thursday with the ACC Barnstorming Tour. The fifth-year guard averaged 10.4 points per game last season for the Tar Heels, who fell to Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Staff writer Eric Detweiler caught up with McDonald to discuss the tour and look back on his college career.

Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2014-15

6. North Carolina Tar Heels: Leslie McDonald graduated and James Michael McAdoo declared for the NBA draft, and those are the only two departures Roy Williams has to worry about. In other words, the Tar Heels are going to be good. With Marcus Paige running the show, UNC will be within range of national title contention once more.

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