AS A SOPHOMORE AT GW IN 2013-14
Member of GW's Spring 2013 Athletic Academic Dean's List with 3.0+ GPA ... Started all 32 games played, averaged 29.6 minutes per game despite playing with hip injury throughout season ... Averaged 8.3 points per game, third on team with 25 three pointers (25-64, 39.1%) and 88 made free throws (88-125, 70.4%) ... Ranked fourth in the Atlantic 10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9), fifth in steals (1.6 spg) and sixth in assists (4.1 apg) ... Scored 18 points and made career-high four 3-pointers in victory over Saint Joseph's (3/5/14) ... Hit career-best three 3-pointers en route to career-high tying 21 points at #10 Saint Louis (2/22/14) ... Netted 10 of 14 points over the final 7:58 in victory at Richmond (2/18/14) ... Scored all 14 of his points in second half, matched season-highs of five field goals and two 3-pointers, in victory over George Mason (1/25/14) ... Totaled 20 points and career-high tying nine rebounds, including 12 points and eight boards in second half, in 70-60 comeback win over Boston University (12/11/13) ... Scored in double figures in all three games of Wooden Legacy. Scored 10 points, including game-tying driving layup with 4.9 seconds left to force overtime and go-ahead three pointer to open overtime, in 71-63 win over Miami (Fla.).
AS A FRESHMAN AT GW IN 2012-13
One of three GW players to start all 30 games (Armwood, Garino) ... Averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals and team-best 3.2 assists in 28.1 minutes ... Scored in double-figures eight times ... Led GW with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 2-of-2 behind the arc in victory over Dayton (3/9/13) ... Scored 11 of 12 points in final 11 minutes, including game-winning jumpshot with 9.3 seconds remaining, in 66-65 victory at Rhode Island (1/23/13) ... Provided first collegiate double-double with team-high 16 points and 10 assists in victory at Massachusetts (1/19/13). Went 10-of-13 at the free throw line ... Named Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Week and GWsports.com Colonial of the Week after leading GW to victory at Boston Univ. (11/17/12) with 21 points and seven rebounds. 21 points were most for a GW freshman since Nemanja Mikic scored 23 against UNC Wilmington in Nov. 2010.
McDonald, a 6-foot-1-inch guard from Lorton, Va., starred at the Landon School in Bethesda, Md., where he earned First Team All-Met honors from The Washington Post in both 2011 and 2012. The 43rd-rated point guard prospect in the nation according to ESPN, McDonald averaged 22.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, four assists, four steals and one block as a senior in 2012, highlighted by 49-point, 18-rebound effort against conference rival Episcopal. He was a finalist for the 2012 ESPNHS Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year award, and was a three-time First Team All-Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) selection. He capped his scholastic career as the lone incoming 2012-13 Atlantic 10 recruit to be named PARADE All-American.
"Joe is a winner," said Coach Lonergan. "He is a fierce competitor with a high basketball IQ. Joe will have the opportunity to come in as a freshman and compete to be our starting point guard. I love his physical and mental toughness."
Joseph Nathaniel McDonald ... Born Nov. 30, 1993 in Ft. Riley, KS ... Son of Rodney and Gabriella McDonald ... Has two older sisters, Caitlin and Jasmine ... Jasmine played four seasons on the Mount Olive (NC) College women's basketball team.