A 6-foot-1 point guard, McDonald is averaging 22 points per game as Landon has started 9-6. Last season, he averaged 17.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and four assists for the Bears en route to a 19-6 record.

McDonald said he felt most comfortable staying in the D.C. area and playing in the A-10.

“What set it apart was the fact that it’s close to home,” McDonald said. “Having old friends around and my mom at every home game was big. And GW plays better competition. No knock to the Ivy League, but they have one big competitor and in the A-10 it’s better [overall].”

McDonald joins Episcopal standout guard Kethan Savage as local GW recruits.

The senior said he believed his commitment along with that of Savage could set an example for younger local recruits who might now see “what it’s like to be hometown guys,” playing for the Colonials.

McDonald played on the same AAU team as Savage.

“That played a role but not a huge role,” McDonald said of joining Savage. “I think we can do big things next year because we played two years together at a high level.”