June 3, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Georgetown University men's basketball standout Perry McDonald will be honored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl this weekend with its 2008 Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Award.
McDonald played in every game as a freshman at Georgetown, helping the Hoyas reach the NCAA Championship game during the 1984-85 season. He was limited by a back injury as a sophomore in 1985-86, but came back in his final two years and is remembered as one of the most fearless players in Georgetown history.
After playing mainly as a guard during his first two seasons, McDonald's resurgence involved adapting to an entirely new role. The graduation of David Wingate left a gap alongside Reggie Williams in the frontcourt during the 1986-87 season and McDonald more than filled it. He broke his career scoring record in the first game of the season with 17 points and then proceeded to score in double figures in 30 of 34 games. Despite being only 6-4, he led the team in rebounding nine times and averaged 16.3 points per game in BIG EAST play.
He averaged 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game during the 1986-87 season, earning second team All-BIG EAST honors and was named an honorable mention All-American.
McDonald was a member of the 1987 United States Gold Medal team at the World University Games and finished fourth on the team in scoring. A captain on the 1987-88 Georgetown team as a senior, McDonald averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
He finished his career averaging 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, ranks seventh all-time in games played (13th) and 22nd all-time in rebounding.
McDonald was a four-time all-state selection at George Washington Carver High School in the Desire area of New Orleans from 1980-84. Through athleticism, determination and toughness, he amassed 2,227 points for a career average of 23.9 points a game. In 1983 and 1984, he was the Times-Picayune's Metro Most Valuable Player.
The 1984 season was perhaps his best as he led Carver to a 23-3 record, including 17 victories in a row. The Rams reached the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs, losing to eventual state runner-up Booker T. Washington.
McDonald and Larry Schneider, a long-time coach in the area, will be inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 6 at a dinner that also honors the top male and female amateur athletes in the state of Louisiana.