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"No, just basketball," McDonald said with a laugh after officially officially announcing his commitment to Division III powerhouse, Augustana College, on Feb. 4.
"I've heard that from a couple people, but yep, sticking to basketball. I'll still be playing some golf in my free time, though," McDonald said.
McDonald, as one of the area's top point guards, has ended a competitive recruiting process with conviction and excitement for his next chapter. McDonald balanced interest from Illinois Wesleyan, Lewis University, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, among others.
Augustana is an elite program, and had recently been ranked as the country's top Division III program by D3Hoops.com in the NCAA rankings.
For McDonald, it was "the whole package."
"I knew a couple players on the team, which helped," he continued. "Just a great program, and I want to be a part of it."
McDonald, a prolific point guard with strong passing ability and terrific shooting prowess in traffic, smashed the all-time Geneva assists record last season. He averages 16 points per game and nearly six assists.
He'll be joining a team with an All-American of its own in guard Nolan Ebel. The two have a connection beyond their position, and they got to duke it out on the court recently on his visit.
"He grew up in Geneva until his eighth grade year, I think," McDonald said. "He [then] moved out to Colorado...he played with [Geneva graduate and Toledo forward] Nate Navigato."
McDonald figures to soon join a complementary offensive system at Augustana: A high-tempo, ball screen heavy attack. Yet, he's keeping his attention on motoring 23-1 Geneva along.
The Vikings, unbeaten at home, host rival Batavia Feb. 8.
"The whole recruiting process has been a lot of fun, but I'm happy I've made my decision, and just be able to fully focus on finishing the season strong," McDonald said.