THE HATCHET'S 2015 BEST OF NORTHWEST
Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer
BEST MALE ATHLETE
Runner up: Bogdan Petkovic, Danil Zelenkov
Game-winning buzzer-beaters? Check. Impossible flying rebounds? Check. More heart than hallmark on Valentine’s Day (thanks, Nelly)? Call that a check and then some for Joe McDonald.
GW’s bullish point guard averaged 9.9 points per game as a junior on the men’s basketball team. But when he wasn’t swishing his team-leading 41 threes or compiling the team’s best assist-to-turnover ratio, McDonald was a highly impressive rebounder out of the guard position. He averaged 5.8 rebounds per game, second only to classmate Kevin Larsen, who is nine inches taller than McDonald.
McDonald was at his best with the game on the line this year: His buzzer-beater in overtime against Dayton was one of the brightest spots for the team amid a difficult stretch in February, and he hit a clutch three-pointer earlier in the year to help secure GW’s double-overtime win against Richmond. He’s Mr. Clutch, and he’s our winner for best male athlete.
- Nora Princiotti