News broke early on Wednesday night that North Carolina had suspended guard Leslie McDonald for three games.
There was no specific reason given for McDonald’s suspension just prior to the Tar Heels’ Wednesday night contest with Georgia Tech, but head coach Roy Williams did say that McDonald “did not do what we expect of our student-athletes.”
McDonald also acknowledged to the Associated Press that he indeed was not living up to his expectations as a member of the Tar Heels’ basketball program. With the suspension, McDonald will be done for the remainder of the January, becoming eligible to return to the lineup on Feb. 2 when UNC hosts Virginia Tech.
After a sluggish start to conference play, the Tar Heels are seemingly turning things around as a rout of Georgia Tech on Wednesday night marked their third consecutive victory overall.
As for McDonald, the junior guard is currently averaging 8.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. His offensive output ranks him fourth on the team this season.
As the Tar Heels look to continue their winnings way, they must find a way to replace McDonald’s production. They had no trouble with that against Georgia Tech, but the loss could show itself against a more formidable opponent.
Ironically enough, McDonald had missed the team’s past three games recovering from a knee injury, but was expected to be medically cleared to return to the court this week. The suspension, however, will keep him sidelined for the time being.
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