McDonald, a Newport Central Catholic alum, ranks second in the conference in scoring (19.6 ppg), but averages a league-best 9.6 rpg for Northern Kentucky, which secured a share of its second-straight Horizon League Regular-Season Championship.
In the regular-season finale against Green Bay, McDonald both eclipsed 2,000 career points and set NKU’s career-scoring record, surpassing Craig Sanders’ 2,007 points. In the process, McDonald became just the third player in the 40-year history of the Horizon League to eclipse 2,000 points (2,011) and 1,000 rebounds (1,051).
With the player of the year nod, McDonald also highlights the All-Horizon League First Team, marking the third-straight year he has collected the honor. He becomes the 16th player in league history to win the award three-straight years.
Northern Kentucky posted a 23-8 overall record and 13-5 mark in Horizon League play, finishing as co-champions and earning the right to host Detroit Mercy in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. on March 6 at BB&T Arena.
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