UNC's Leslie McDonald tears ACL
Posted July 15, 2011
Updated July 18, 2011
Chapel Hill, N.C. — University of North Carolina men's basketball guard Leslie McDonald tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Thursday evening in a summer league game in Durham. The junior from Memphis, Tenn., will be out indefinitely. Surgery has not been scheduled at this time.
McDonald was second on the team last year with 51 three-point field goals and averaged 7.0 points per game. He scored a career-high 17 points against Long Beach State, one of 10 games last year in which he scored in double figures.
"I just hate this for Leslie and his family," says head coach Roy Williams."He's worked so hard this off-season and he told me he was really playing well. We'll certainly support him as he works to get back on the floor, but we will miss his play on both ends of the court."
McDonald's father, Leslie Sr., told cbssports.com that he found out about the injury Friday afternoon when he spoke with his son. When asked how the 6-4 guard was handling the news, "Not good," Leslie McDonald, Sr. said. "Basketball is very important to him, but I told him his whole life isn’t basketball and he’s going to be OK."
Tar Heel teammate Kendall Marshall posted on Twitter, "Shoutout to my boy @Lezz_McDonald2. This season is dedicated to you till you back in action!"