June 4, 2008

McDowell on McDonald

June 4, 2008 - Once again, i95Ballerz.com's Southeast/Mid-South Editor and Hunstville, AL media personality Ivan McDowell assists the Hoya Nation, this time supplying information on Class of 2009 shooting guard Leslie McDonald's play in the Bob Hussey Memorial Day Classic (MDC). McDowell was gracious enough to expand on his thoughts on McDonald, which have been published in short evaluation form by i95Ballerz.com.

"He's just smooth" said McDowell of McDonald, who participated in MDC action with his Memphis, TN based team, YOMCA. "He still has that killer mid-range game".

"He's more consistent then he was last summer, shooting beyond the arch" continued McDowell, who has attended the Memorial Day Classic for i95Ballerz.com the past three consecutive years. "In his defense last summer when I saw him he was hurt, he mentioned some shin splints and ankle problems. He looked a lot fresher and stronger going to the basket this year".

Though McDowell opined "Clearly the mid-range game is what he excels in", the radio host and newspaper/web sportswriter continued "I think he has a complete game to be honest with you" before later noting "I didn't see him take it to the rack on a consistent basis, but he did that more than last year. Don't think he' just a shooter he's an athlete and can get to the rack. If he works on his handle, he could possibly be a point guard".

When asked if McDonald's silky smooth mid-range game forces comparisons to Austin Freeman, the former McDonald All-American and current rising sophomore Hoya standout, McDowell responded "I can relate him to Austin Freeman but Austin is so thick and powerful" before noting "Leslie is slimmer".

Who is he more comfortable comparing McDonald, a Memphis native with? "I probably would relate him to Sleepy Floyd" said McDowell. "Leslie is probably six-foot-four inches and close to 200 pounds, but is like Sleepy in relation to his mid-range jumper. That ability to slide in, knife in, is reminiscent of Sleepy…The ability to get their shot".

True praise indeed, given Floyd's illustrious Georgetown career (the program's leader in points, and second in steals) and subsequent work in the National Basketball
Association, a comparison McDowell is firm in giving.

"You can see why high major programs are after the guy" he stated of McDonald, who has been reportedly offered a scholarship to and is considering Georgetown, Memphis, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Duke. "He can shoot, handle, has good size, and reportedly has great grades. Gets his shot whenever he wants to, and it goes down with regularity".

Will Leslie McDonald take that package to The Hilltop? Stay tuned.

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