Phillip McDonald Dunk Video: Watch New Mexico Guard Throw Down Emphatic Slam

Ross ColemanAnalyst IFebruary 10, 2011

Phillip McDonald Dunk Video: Two-Handed Dunk on Wyoming Is Worth Another Look

It seems that every year, mid-major schools like New Mexico have fantastic athletes who slip through the cracks of major conference schools. Phillip McDonald is one of those athletes.

The 6'5" junior guard has been a good player for the Lobos this year, averaging over 11 points per game.

Now, I am no NBA scout, but I think McDonald has quite an upside and could be a nice second round draft pick.

Coming out of high school, McDonald was actually quite a highly sought-after player. He chose New Mexico over Cincinnati, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas, among others. Yet, he decided to play for the Lobos.

In college basketball, it seems like guys are choosing schools more and more based on things other than just the name. If this were college football, I bet this kid would have chosen Kansas or Texas, but because basketball allows a single guy to make such a big impact, a guy like McDonald can choose New Mexico and help take that team to an NCAA Tournament berth.

Speaking of the Lobos, they have fallen off after a high tournament seed and an early exit last year. Some people were foolishly picking them as a dark horse Championship team, but now they are going to be hard-pressed to make it into the NIT.

That’s the point I am trying to make. In college basketball right now, it almost seems pointless to learn about guys who are only hired guns to get a team to the top of the heap, because in another year or so, the team is going to be in the cellar again.