Here is a name that will be on the must-see list for high-major programs this year - Phillip McDonald. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound shooting guard from Cypress Springs (Texas) High School is a name that is gaining respect in the Houston area and the class of 2008 prospect is hoping that emerges nationally.
Averaging a modest 19 points and nine rebounds a game for Cypress Springs (17-5), McDonald still feels like he has more to show this year and beyond.
"Honestly, I do see myself blowing up, blowing up real big," McDonald said humbly. "People know a little bit about me in Houston. I hope I can do a little bit more to get my name out there. I still feel like I'm growing as a player. I still have a lot more potential in me."
The athletic two guard said he knows blowing up requires work and playing well at the right time and the right place.
"The key is staying consistent," he said. "I've been working on my shot even more and working out every chance I can get."
McDonald said he has seen his recruitment take on a number of programs this season.
"A lot have been out to see me so far," McDonald said.
Count Texas, Texas A&M, UNLV, UTEP, Miami and Oklahoma as those that have been in to watch him this season while Arizona and Texas Tech are also in the picture. McDonald has taken unofficial visits to Houston, Texas and Texas A&M this year.
"I'll probably cut it down to five schools by the end of the summer and by November of this year, I'd like to commit," McDonald said.
McDonald, a Texas native, said he is still up in the air on how far he wants to go for college.
"I haven't made up my mind about that yet," McDonald said. "I don't want to go too far from home but I also want to go and play with the best of the best in basketball and that will fit my style of play. So we'll see."