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2012 PG Joe McDonald (Landon, MD) and Others, Work Out for Seton Hall

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Wait, shoulder pads?  Now I've seen it all.  The latest Seton Hall recruit is a dual-athlete for Landon School, MD.  (Photo: Jonathan Newton/WASHINGTON POST)
Wait, shoulder pads? Now I've seen it all. The latest Seton Hall recruit is a dual-athlete for Landon School, MD. (Photo: Jonathan Newton/WASHINGTON POST)

Updated 10/13:  

Yesterday afternoon 2012 PG/SG Joe McDonald (Landon, MD) worked out for Seton Hall's assistant coach, Chris Pompey at his high school located in Bethesda, Maryland.  Pompey paid visit to Landon School during the evaluation period, where coaches may visit a player's school and watch the recruit play, but can not have any conversations with the player outside of the college campus.  In speaking with a source, Pompey was on the road in the DC area watching a number of recruits, which possibly included McDonald's AAU teammate, Beejay Anya.   

McDonald is a 6'1 combo-guard from Lorton, VA who plays AAU basketball with Team Takeover and fellow (stretch) Seton Hall target '13PF, Beejay Anya.  McDonald is very much an under the radar recruit whose Rival and Scout pages consist of mostly white space.  Academics are of no concern for him (hooray!) as it's believed Princeton and Harvard lead, though he is also considering George Washington and Boston College.

Interestingly, this is probably Kevin Willard's first dual-sport recruit as basketball isn't McDonald's sole love.  In his senior season at Langdon, he's been suiting up as a wide receiver and kick returner for the varsity football team.  You might think playing football would be an injury concern for interested basketball schools and you'd be correct.  In September, McDonald hurt his pinky finger (non-shooting hand) which had to heal in a splint.  Since he worked out for Pompey yesterday, you'd have to believe it was a minor injury which hardly impacted his basketball play.  

ESPN lists McDonald as a two-star '83' recruit and describes him as a true point-guard, however it should be noted that Rivals and Team Takeover list him as a shooting guard, while Scout lists him as a combo.  McDonald is a capable scorer who last season as a junior averaged 18PTS/9REB for Landon.  He's said to have a great understanding of the PG position and is described as an unselfish, terrific decision maker, who takes care of the ball and is an excellent defender to boot.  His lone weakness is described as playing "overly unselfish," which in my book is not exactly a weakness and something that can easily be corrected with time.  

In speaking with Landon School's head coach, Andy Luther, I'm told Seton Hall will likely watch McDonald again sometime in the near future.  As noted above, the senior lists Princeton and Harvard as the schools atop his list, although Seton Hall is also in the mix.  McDonald has not set a timetable on his commitment as he's still weighing whether to accept one of his current offers before the early signing period.

Though all of the above sounds excellent, it's unlikely that McDonald will be the recipient of the remaining 2012 scholarship that Seton Hall has to work with.  It can't hurt to watch him workout and possibly have him in for an unofficial, but I don't expect to see him rostered by Seton Hall.  However, if the Pirates do welcome him aboard, it sounds like the University would be receiving a well-rounded kid and one exceptional athlete.