If Texas guard Phillip McDonald looks well rested and at the top of his game this weekend at the Kingwood Classic, it's because he is relishing in sleeping in his own bed, eating home cooked food and in his own surroundings.
McDonald, who hails from Cypress Springs High School, will be one of the many high-major Division I players on the T-Mac All-Stars team. And after a "so-so" showing at the Pearland Classic last weekend, McDonald is hoping to come out strong at the Kingwood.
"It's like almost like a championship. It's a big weekend. Everyone is looking forward to it because it's the hometown, the H-Town. We have to do it in our place," McDonald said.
"It's a lot more comfortable (playing at home). You get to sleep in your own room, you don't have any roommates. It's nice. It's definitely an advantage; it's just right down the street."
College coaches are coming to his city to see the 6-foot-5, 190-pound shooting guard. They did last weekend. Oklahoma State, Kansas, Baylor and Georgetown head coach John Thompson, III all saw him at the Pearland Classic.
"Recruiting is picking up real big right now this month," McDonald said. "There are some colleges that just came out of nowhere."
McDonald said he has noticed an influx of interest from newer schools of late. Oklahoma State and Connecticut joined the race with Texas, Texas A&M and UNLV while "I heard Florida was coming but I haven't heard from them. I'm waiting on them."
With new schools coming in by the tournament, the four-star guard said he is listening to each school and considering his options. He is no rush to develop a top five yet.
"I haven't got to that point yet, I will soon," McDonald said.
A pair of schools have separated themselves with hard work and attention though.
"Oklahoma State and Kansas are recruiting me harder than anyone else," McDonald said. "I like the way Oklahoma State plays. I like the way they use JamesOn Curry, the way they run off screens and shoot the ball. That's how I play. Kansas gets up and down and let their guards go."
The first priority, however, is improving and claiming the Kingwood Classic.
"This is big for me to prove myself that I'm better than people think I am," McDonald, the No. 59 ranked player in the country, said.