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North Carolina's Leslie McDonald To Miss Boston College Game Due To Academic Issues

North Carolina junior guard Leslie McDonald will miss the January 29 game against Boston College as part of a three game suspension.


The University of North Carolina announced on Wednesday that junior guard Leslie McDonald has been suspended for the next three games, including the Eagles' January 29 home game against the Heels. So you're saying there's a chance?

Via UNC:

"Leslie did not do what we expect of our student-athletes and therefore is not going to play in the next three games," says Tar Heel head coach Roy Williams. "His knee has improved and he would have been medically able to return this week, but he won't dress for Georgia Tech, NC State and Boston College. 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. He's a good kid and we look forward to his return."

"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," says McDonald, who is Carolina's fifth-leading scorer this season. "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 is averaging 8.4 points, 1.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds per in 14 games this season. As far as the Eagles are concerned, this is one less three-point specialist BC will have to match up against next Tuesday. McDonald is 25-58 (43.1%) from beyond the arc this season. The Memphis native, who missed the entire 2011-12 season with a torn ACL in his right knee, has 12 points in 34 minutes of work over three career games against Boston College.

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