Name: Jack McDonald
School: Geneva, junior
Why he was selected: McDonald led the Vikings to an 88-84 triple overtime win over St. Charles East on Jan. 19. The 5-foot-11 guard had 28 points and six rebounds while making continous trip to the free throw line to eventually ice the comeback with two made free throws with 6.3 seconds left to ensure the victory.
McDonald caught up with Chronicle sports reporter Jacob Bartelson regarding the heart-racing finish, how his team has developed over the season and some influences of his on the basketball court. Below is an edited transcript.
Bartelson: Can you remember participating in a game that featured so many high leverage free throws?
McDonald: That was by far the most free throws I can remember shooting. In that atmosphere with so much on the line, you just have to block out the noise and knock them down.
Bartelson: What was the message from [Geneva] coach [Scott] Hennig in the locker room following the win?
McDonald: There was a ton of excitement in the locker room after the win. Coach Hennig kept telling us to really enjoy this win over the weekend, [and] then let's get back to work on Monday and get ready for Batavia.
Bartelson: Where have you seen your team grow the most since the start of the season?
McDonald: I think our team is really starting to jell, and we're learning how to play together as a team which really shows in intense games like [last] Friday night.
Bartelson: Who has influenced your basketball career the most to shape you who you are on the court today?
McDonald: Coach Hennig has had a huge influence on who I am on the court today. Even before high school, we built a relationship at the Geneva camps; and ever since, he's really pushed me and helped me improve as a player.
Bartelson: Where are you at in recruiting?
McDonald: [There's] not a whole lot going on with recruiting right now. I'm playing with Mercury Elite this AAU season, so I'm hoping my recruitment picks up this spring and summer.