Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Jhakia McDonald
Jhakia McDonald


Anaheim, Calif.

High School:
Magnolia HS




Butts Believes:"Jhakia is a newcomer that has a lot of potential. She's been working very hard and I think as the year goes on, she will grow as a player and bring some things to us offensively and defensively. She has impressed us with her defense early on. If she keeps working, she could be a solid defender for us."

High School: Highly-touted graduate of Magnolia High in Anaheim, Calif. ... Chosen to all-Magnolia League 1st-team all four seasons, including League Most Valuable Player after sophomore and junior seasons ... Three-time all-state honoree, including 1st-team selection after each of last two campaigns ... Averaged 12.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.8 assists for the 27-7 Sentinels as a senior ... Played for Cal Swish club team during the summer ... Competed two years in track and field as a high jumper and triple jumper.

Personal: Born Dec. 18, 1989 in Fountain Valley, Calif. ... Full name is Jhakia Camille McDonald ... Daughter of Anthony and LaShawnda ... Family includes two younger brothers: Anthony Jr. (17) and D'Angeloe (15) ... Basketball-playing family includes father at UC Irvine, aunt Kim Thomas at CS Dominguez Hills and godbrother Josh Childress, who is a member of the Atlanta Hawks ... Business Management major at Arizona ... Enjoys listening to music, dancing, cooking, drawing and playing video games during her free time.

Why Arizona?: "The people and the environment are cool and also it is far from home but at the same time I am able to drive six hours and be home or fly 1 hour and be home."

Books -
Bible, Hoop Dreams

Movies - Love and Basketball, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Food - Everything except Chinese

Pro Athletes - Dwyane Wade, Josh Childress, Baron Davis, Michael Jordan

Television Shows - Laguna Beach, The Hills

Non-sport Activities - Cooking, Eating