North Carolina junior guard Leslie McDonald, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a Durham summer-league game in July, will not return this season and will redshirt the year as he continues his rehabilitation.
McDonald recently returned to practice with the Tar Heels and is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation, UNC coach Roy Williams said today. However, Williams said that after meeting with McDonald and his family, it was decided that it would be in McDonald's best interest to take the whole season off to recover.
McDonald will return for the 2012-13 season with two full seasons of eligibility.
In other news, UNC junior guard Dexter Strickland and freshman forward Desmond Hubert sprained ankles yesterday. Both are expected to be available to play Saturday on the road against Florida State (2 p.m., ESPN).