Phillip McDonald

Phillip McDonald

Player Profile


Cypress, Texas

High School:
Cypress Springs

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 200




  • LoboTV: Getting to Know Phillip McDonald
  • ESPN: SportsCenter Top Ten

    A three-year starter who is one of the team's best three-point threats • was one of the league's top players off the bench in 2011-12 after getting hurt in the preseason • ended his career 23rd on the UNM scoring charts and sixth in career three-pointers made and attempted

    2011-12 • SENIOR

    • Branch Law Firm Men's Basketball Awards • Highest Three-Point Percentage • Academic Achievement Award

    Played in the final exhibition game, scoring 11 points in 19 minutes of action • came off the bench and scored 12 points on a perfect 4-for-4 three-point night against New Orleans • had seven points in a start over Arizona State • scored five against Santa Clara, but missed a three at the buzzer to send it to double overtime • played just two minutes against Washington State due to a lingering ankle injury, and then missed the Boston College game due to it • hit a pair of threes in his return to the lineup against Idaho State • played six minutes against Oklahoma State before suffering a mild concussion, which knocked him out of UNM's next game as well • broke out in a big way with 18 points, including four three-pointers against UMKC • his basket with 50 seconds left in the first half made him the 29th Lobo in school history to break 1,000 points • hit a three against New Mexico State to move into eighth on the career UNM three-point list • his only three vs. Saint Louis gave the Lobos the lead for good with just under eight minutes left • scored in double-digures for the third time this season with 11 points, including three threes against Houston Baptist • scored double-figures for the third time in five games with 10 points against North Dakota • hit two big threes in the second half, part of an eight-point effort against Wyoming • scored a season-high 20 points off the bench, including six three-pointers, against San Diego State • added five points against UNLV • dropped in 12 points off the bench against the Rams • scored nine points, adding a three-pointer, against TCU • drained 11 points with three threes against Air Force • had six points and led UNM with two steals at Boise State • hit a three against Wyoming, his only basket, but it came in a game-changing 13-2 second half run • didn't score a point, but made SportsCenter, and Around the Horn after taking a ball off the face from SDSU's Jamaal Franklin, drawing a technical foul from Franklin • scored four points on a four-point play, against Colorado State • earned a start against TCU, but had just two points in nine minutes •scored two points on Senior Day against Boise State • hit a three-pointer against Air Force, but saved his biggest heroics for the title game • against San Diego State, had eight points, two threes, a pair of assists, and he drew two charges as well • scored three points against Long Beach State • added three points against Louisville

    2010-11 • JUNIOR

    Missed the first three games of the season with a right elbow injury suffered in the exhibition against Manchester on Nov. 6 • it bothered him most of the season, but he played through it • Scoring and rebouning average increased from his sophomore season, but three-point shooting was down • Had three 20-point scoring games (CSU, TCU, at BYU) in MWC play • UNM was 15-4 when he scored in double figures and 6-0 when he led the team in scoring • Led UNM in rebounding four times in the first five games after doing so just three times in 68 games his first two seasons • Finished No. 2 in the league in FT% (87%) in MWC games, and he shot 77% for the season • 12 points aganst UTEP in the NIT, making all three of his three-pointers in the second half • the treys accounted for all of a 9-2 UNM run as the Lobo lead grew from 45-41 to 54-43 •also had a very impressive block, rejecting a Miner layup from behind • Brilliant 26-point effort March 2 in the upset win at No. 3 BYU with 9-14 FGs and 5-8 from three-point • After 81 straight starts to begin his Lobo career, he came off the bench Jan. 12 against Colorado State, and tied a career-high with 27 points on 9-18 FGs and 7-8 FTs...hit a huge three with 49 seconds left to give UNM a 63-59 lead then had a big rebound and a pair of FTs to increase the margin to 65-59 with 29 ticks left • 27 points ties for the fourth-highest single-game total by a Lobo reserve • 11 points and eight rebounds in a career-high 40 minutes in the OT loss to UNLV Feb. 23 • Team-high 20 points vs. TCU Jan. 26 on 6-9 from three, and six rebounds • A team-high 12 points at Texas Tech with 10 coming in the second half • nailed consecutive threes that gave UNM a 52-45 lead • Game-highs for points (17) and rebounds (6) against The Citadel • Second career double-double in the win at New Mexico State Dec. 4 with 18 points and a career-high-tying 10 rebounds • scored eight of UNM's 11 points in overtime, including a pair of threes • 45 points on nine threes in his past two games vs. New Mexico State in Las Cruces • 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds at Southern Illinois • Team-highs with 13 points and six rebounds in his season debut against Northwood

    2009-10 • SOPHOMORE

    Honorable mention All-MWC • Averaged 10.4 points and 27.5 minutes • 43% (37-86) from 3-point in MWC games ranked fourth in the league • also fourth in 3-point FGs made (2.3) in MWC games • 13 points (3-6 threes) and a season-high eight rebounds in the win at No. 23/25 UNLV • Game-high 25 points at Air Force with a career-best seven threes (7-10) • 4-7 FGs, 2-3 threes for 10 points in win vs. No. 16/18 Texas A&M • 15 points in the win over No. 25 Cal • At Hawai'i, scored all 10 of his points in the decisive second half when UNM opened with a 19-1 run • Big-time game in the win at New Mexico State, setting a career-high with 27 points...was 5-11 from three-point

    2008-09 • FRESHMAN

    Played the 2-guard and had the most starts (33) by a Lobo freshman since Rob Robbins started 36 in 1987-88 • Averaged 7.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 20.4 minutes a game • Double-digit scoring 11 times, including 17 at Texas Tech and at San Diego State • Double-double with 10 points and 10 boards against Grambling State • first double-double by a Lobo freshman since Mark Walters had 23-14 at Air Force in 2003 • 17 points at San Diego State on 7-10 shooting, plus a team-high six rebounds • Set season-highs with 17 points, three steals, seven FGs made, 17 FG attempts and 30 minutes played at Texas Tech


    A 2008 graduate of Cypress Springs (Texas) HS, a Houston suburb • rated one of the top players in the state of Texas • 4-star recruit listed among the top-100 players in the country by Rivals.com and Scout.com • named top shooting guard signee in the Mountain West Conference by Rivals.com • rated in the top-10 in Texas by TexasHoops.com • district MVP and 1st team all-state after averaging 19 points as a senior while leading the team to a 32-7 record


    Born July 25, 1989, in Houston, Texas • Full name is Phillip Michael McDonald • Son of Bruce and Ann McDonald • Has two brothers, Terrance Hatton and Brandon McDonald, and one sister, Jessica McDonald • Terrance played football and participated in track and field at Texas State from 1994-97 • Majoring in University Studies • Is married to Michaela McDonald, and together they have a son