June 2, 1956 |
South Orange, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Seton Hall Preparatory School
(West Orange, New Jersey)
|NBA Draft||1978 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|Career highlights and awards|
Keven McDonald (born June 2, 1956) is an American former basketball player who is best known for his collegiate career at the University of Pennsylvania between 1974–75 and 1977–78. He won the Robert V. Geasey Trophy as a junior and was named the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior. Following his career at Penn, McDonald was selected in the 1978 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics as the 42nd overall pick, although he never played a game in the league.
A native of Bloomfield, New Jersey, McDonald played the small forward position for the Quakers during an era in which they were a nationally prominent basketball program. In his freshman season, the team finished with a 23–5 overall record (13–1 in Ivy League) and were crowned as conference champions. They lost in the first round of the 1975 NCAA Tournament to Kansas State, however.
During his sophomore year, McDonald played a more prominent role as team leader after Ron Haigler graduated. McDonald led Penn in scoring at 18.9 points per game, but the team only finished with a 17–9 overall record (11–3 Ivy). Since the Ivy League is the only NCAA Division I conference that does not have a postseason conference tournament, only the regular season conference champion earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. By finishing in second place, Penn did not participate in a postseason tournament. McDonald earned his first of three consecutive selections to the All-Ivy League and All-Big 5 teams.
In 1976–77, McDonald led the Quakers in both scoring (21.2) and rebounding (9.2) en route to being named the Robert V. Geasey Trophy recipient, which is an award bestowed upon the best player in Philadelphia Big 5 competition. Team success was moderate, however, as they finished in second place in the Ivy League again with an 18–8 (12–2 Ivy) record. That year was also head coach Chuck Daly's final one at Penn, a position he had held since 1971–72. Daly was later inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Penn made a resurgence during McDonald's senior season in 1977–78, one in which he led the team in scoring for a third straight year at 22.3 points per game. The Quakers finished at 20–8 (12–2 Ivy), earned a berth into the 1978 NCAA Tournament, and advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to Duke. McDonald was voted as the Ivy League Player of the Year for being the leader on the most successful Ivy League team that season.
On June 9, 1978, McDonald was selected in the second round (42nd overall) in that year's National Basketball Association Draft. The Seattle SuperSonics (now known as the Oklahoma City Thunder) chose him, but he never secured a contract and ultimately never played a game in the league.
- "Keven McDonald". The Draft Review. 2008. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
- "Penn's McDonald Out to Prove Skill". The Morning Record and Journal. March 14, 1978. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
- "NCAA Basketball Tournament History". Penn Quakers. ESPN. 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
- "All-Time Results" (PDF). Penn Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Pennsylvania. 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
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