Colonials Face Must-Win in Regular-Season Finale for Chance at A-10 Championship
As a Freshman 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 is a junior on the Mount Olive (NC) College women's basketball team.