North Carolina reserve Leslie McDonald, who has missed his team's last three games because of what coach Roy Williams called a "tweaked" right knee, will miss three more games due to his performance as a student-athlete, the school announced Wednesday.
"Leslie did not do what we expect of our student-athletes and therefore is not going to play in the next three games," Williams said in a prepared statement. "His knee has improved and he would have been medically able to return this week, but he won't dress for Georgia Tech, NC State and Boston College. I'm disappointed for him and our team because he worked so hard to get back from his knee injury and has been a valuable contributor for us this season. He's a good kid and we look forward to his return."
McDonald will return to the lineup for UNC's game against Virginia Tech on Feb. 2.
The Tar Heels play Georgia Tech on Wednesday night.
"I'm sorry that I won't be able to play the next three games but I will be ready to help my team again beginning with the Virginia Tech game," McDonald, the team's fifth-leading scorer this season, said in a prepared statement. "I did not take care of my responsibilities as a student-athlete and have to miss some games as a result. I will do what I can to help prepare my teammates in practice even though I can't play."
McDonald redshirted last season after having reconstructive surgery on his right knee in the summer of 2011. He is averaging 8.4 points and 17.9 minutes off the bench this season.