UNC’s McDonald faces 3-game suspension
After missing the past three games with a knee injury, North Carolina reserve guard Leslie McDonald will have to wait some more before he returns to the court.
The school announced Wednesday afternoon that McDonald has been suspended for three games, starting with the game against Georgia Tech.
Coach Roy Williams stated in a news release that the redshirt junior “did not do what we expect of our student-athletes.” No specific reason was given for the suspension, though a team source said the violation was related to academics.
McDonald, who hasn’t played since Jan. 6, also will miss games at N.C. State and at Boston College but will be eligible to return Feb. 2 against Virginia Tech.
“I’m sorry that I won’t be able to play the next three games, but I will be ready to help my team again beginning with the Virginia Tech game,” McDonald said in the release. “I did not take care of my responsibilities as a student-athlete and have to miss some games as a result. I will do what I can to help prepare my teammates in practice even though I can’t play.”
McDonald sat out the 2011-12 season after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right knee. The team said that he “tweaked” that same knee earlier this month, though Williams said he would have been medically cleared this week. McDonald is averaging 8.4 points and shooting 43.1 percent from 3-point range.
“I’m disappointed for him and our team because he worked so hard to get back from his knee injury and has been a valuable contributor for us this season,” Williams said. “He’s a good kid, and we look forward to his return.”