Landon All-Met guard Joe McDonald nears choice between Princeton, George Washington

January 16, 2012

Landon’s Joe McDonald (Richard A. Lipski/THE WASHINGTON POST)

A 6-foot-1 point guard, McDonald is averaging 21.1 points per game as Landon has started 9-5. Last season, he averaged 17.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and four assists for the Bears en route to a 19-6 record.

“It’s very tough to choose,” said McDonald, who was at Bullis to watch the Bulldogs take on Episcopal. “Those two schools have been recruiting me very hard, since I was a sophomore. They’re both very close. … It’ll be tough but I’m getting close. Every day I talk with my mom about what’s best for me.”

McDonald said academics are important to him, “and obviously it’s hard to beat Princeton,” but said GW also has a strong academic reputation and that not much separates the schools in his mind. McDonald was a standout wide receiver on the football team this fall and initially said he would not choose a school until the spring.

The Bears have won five of their last six games, with the only blemish a 71-55 loss to No. 6 Episcopal, and travel to No. 7 Bullis on Tuesday.

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