GW's McDonald undergoes left hip surgery

GW's McDonald undergoes left hip surgery
April 4, 2014, 10:15 pm
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George Washington Colonials guard Joe McDonald (22) speaks during a press conference during practice before the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at PNC Arena.

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George Washington sophomore point guard Joe McDonald had surgery on his left hip, the school announced on Friday.

McDonald, who led the Colonials in assists, underwent the procedure on Thursday. He is expected to be ready for the 2014-15 season.

The 6-foot-1 guard started 32 games and averaged 8.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, a team-high 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals for the Colonials this past season despite dealing with pain throughout. McDonald rarely participated in full court practices due to the injury, but missed only one game and averaged 30 minutes per outing.

GW (24-9) finished tied for third place in the Atlantic 10 conference and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. Seeded ninth in the East Region, the Colonials lost to No. 8 Memphis 71-66.

Along with McDonald, the core of GW's squad next season includes center Kevin Larsen and guards Patricio Garino and Kethan Savage. The four rising juniors ranked among the Colonials leaders in virtually all main statistical categories last season.

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