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McGary's parents favor Duke; AAU coach Michigan

Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:13 am
 
By Jeff Goodman

WOLFEBORO, N.H. - Exactly one year ago, the question from coaches was whether or not Mitch McGary could play in the Big Ten - or another big-time league.

Now he's the No. 2 player in the nation.

The 6-foot-10 McGary, an Indiana native spending his second year at Brewster Academy (N.H.), has taken three visits and could take three more.

McGary went to Michigan for a rainy football game a few weeks ago, where he hung out with fellow Chesterton High (Ind.) product Zack Novak. Then he went to North Carolina and most recently, took an trip to Duke.

McGary didn't deny the fact that his parents favor Duke while his summer coach with the SYF team, Wayne Brumm, likes Michigan.

He also said he's still taking it all in right now.

"I'm keeping quiet," he said. "I'm putting it down on paper and seeing what school fits me. I'm not sure when I'll commit."

Could today be the day?

It's when Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will travel to Brewster and meet with McGary.

Roy Williams and John Beilein were both at the school on Wednesday. Billy Donovan and Mark Turgeon came earlier in the week while John Calipari is set to make an appearance on Saturday.

"It's brutal trying to figure it all out, but I know I have great options," he said.

Ones that weren't there a year ago.

McGary said he would like to take visits to Florida, Kentucky and Maryland - but he's not sure if and when that will happen.
Comments

Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 4:52 pm
 

McGary's parents favor Duke; AAU coach Michigan

THE SYSTEM AT KY KY WORKED FOR COUSINS AS WELL AS HAVING THE BEST POINT GUARD IN AMERICA JOHN WALL. THE KY TEAM THAT YEAR WASNT A TRUE DRIBBLE-DRIVE OFFENSIVE TEAM AND WASNT RUN LIKE ONE. LAST YEARS TEAM WAS MORE OF A DRIBBLE DRIVE TEAM THAN THE YEAR BEFORE. THIS YEAR WILL BE THE ULTIMATE DRIBLE DRIVE TEAM WITH A BUNCH OF GUYS THAT CAN TAKE IT TO THE HOOP AND FINISH OR DISH OFF TO A TEAM MATE FOR THE ASSIST. COUSINS PROVES THAT COACH CAL CAN COACH BIG MEN AND SEND THEM ON TO THE NBA.



Since: Nov 10, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 2:11 pm
 

McGary's parents favor Duke; AAU coach Michigan

First of all, unless you're one of the consensus top five or so recruits in the nation your future in the NBA is by no means a sure thing.  Only a two or three of Duke's big men were that highly-regarded coming out of high school.  Now then, of the players you mentioned--Lance Thomas, Josh McRoberts, Miles and Mason Plumlee, Shelden Williams, and Shavlik Randolph--two of them are still in college, so they should be excluded from the conversation.  Of the remaining players, only one, Lance Thomas, did not make it in the NBA (as of yet--he is currently in the D-League).  Williams and McRoberts have NBA contracts and Randolph likely would still as well if not for a particularly devastating ankle injury that he suffered in 2006 while a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.  Show me a college among Mitch McGary's final six teams that has a better record than that since 2004.  Oh, and you neglect to mention Kyle Singler (forward who was just drafted into the NBA) and Luol Deng (forward who is a solid starter on one of the best teams in the NBA).  Duke has a great record of putting forwards and centers into the NBA.  Mitch McGary would likely be another Duke big man to enter the NBA in a couple of years.   



Since: Nov 10, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 3:07 pm
 

McGary's parents favor Duke; AAU coach Michigan

Mitch McGary has narrowed his possible college choices to Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, and North Carolina.  You seem to think that Duke does not put big men (power forwards or centers) into the NBA.  Well, then, who among the other five schools on Mitch's list has put more big men into the NBA in the last 10-15 years?  If I'm not mistaken, Duke has put more forwards and centers into the NBA over that time span than any other school on this list.  So what exactly is the problem with Mitch attending Duke?  He would excel at Duke and likely become a fine NBA player.  Plus, he would attend a fantastic school that would help teach him things he will carry with him the rest of his life.  How could he go wrong by going to Duke?



Since: Nov 10, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 2:26 pm
 

McGary's parents favor Duke; AAU coach Michigan

It's kind of silly to think that the top players are made by the school they attend.  Most of the truly great recruits end up doing well and making it to the NBA, which is the goal of most of them.  It didn't really matter that they picked one top school over another.  To say that Duke doesn't currently develop big men for the pros is a silly comment.  They have put plenty of big men into the pros.  Do you really think the system at Kentucky made Cousins into the pro he is currently or Ohio State is going to make Selby?  No, top recruited big men like that are going to get to the NBA if they work hard because they have plenty of talent and all they need to add to that is hard work.  The advantage of going to a school like Duke for a top recruit like Mitch McGary is that he will have access to the great nurturing environment that exists at Duke University and he will learn life lessons there that will last him a lifetime--long after his NBA career is over.  



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 4:56 pm
 

McGary's parents favor Duke; AAU coach Michigan

Go to Duke learn to flop, set screens, and kick out the rebound for a guard to jack up a 3...yep that's the right move indeed.  Maybe he's satisfied with his offensive game and wants to work on cleaning the glass.  He is a big man and rebounding and screening is a huge part of the game.  He should just change his name to Plumlee.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:26 am
 

McGary's parents favor Duke; AAU coach Michigan

  1. Battier, Dunleavy and Hill are not the same type of player as McGary, so those three should be eliminated from your discussion right away.
  2. Couple things on Brian Zoubek. First, the reason he sucked for his first three years (not two) was due to a string of injuries that robbed him of the time he needed to develop.  Second, Zoubek was nothing more than a rebounder and garbage lay-ups player, who relied almost solely on his size to be a productive player.  McGary has an upside way beyond that of Zoubek - if McGary goes to Duke and develops into another Zoubek, that'll be a travesty.
  3. By listing Boozer, Brand and Parks, you're essentially stating Duke hasn't developed a decent NBA big man in the last 10 years.  Not exactly a great statement about how good Duke is at developing big men.  Face it, ever since Wojo took over as the bigs coach (seriously, a former PG), Duke hasn't developed a solid big man.
  4. You mention "recent" successes, but how about the Plumlees (Mason was top 10 PF recruit), Lance Thomas (top 5 PF recruit), McRoberts (top PF recruit), Randolph (top 10 PF ranking), Williams (top 3 PF ranking).  Duke has brought in a ton of top big men talent in the past decade, and they've barely lived up to expectations - with Shelden Williams probably the only legit exception.

Regardless, it'll be interesting to see where McGary ends up.  Frankly, I'm happy to see that a top 5 recruit isn't regarded as a shoe-in for Calipari's one and done carousel for once...

 




Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:26 pm
 

McGary's parents favor Duke; AAU coach Michigan


Sure sounds like an unbiased, neutral-party observation - NOT.

Yeah, big men like Carlos Boozer, Elton Brand, Shane Battier, Cherokee Parks, Mike Dunleavy, Grant Hill, etc, etc have done just terribly at the next level... HA!  Some still playing in the Association 15+ years after college. The fact is Duke has more bigs playingin the NBA than almost any other school out there today.

Need a recent example within the last year-and-a-half?  How about National Champion Brian Zoubek from 2010 - a kid who was just awful his first two-plus years in college, but became, arguably, the driving force in getting them to a National Championship by the time he was a senior. No development of bigs?!?  Yeah, right.  Name another school - ANY other school - that has had more bigs play in the NBA in the last 10 years...

But I think this discussion misses the whole point anyway.  As a parent, I want my kids to go to the best school possible so that when basketball (or whatever sport, activity they follow, comes to an end -- more often sooner than later for the vast majority of these HS stars expecting) they'll have something to fall back on. Say like a superior education.  Sounds pretty reasonable to me. 

I'm sure that his folks will be very proud of McG WHEREVER he decides to go.  He sounds like a good kid. 



 



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Amazing

If true, it's absolutely amazing that any parent would want their son - who plays in the post - to go to Duke.  Look, Duke is a great school.  I can see why any guard would want to go there.  But its post players die on the vine.  They are meant to set screens and rebound.  That's their primary function at Duke point blank.  Their bigs do not develop.  I just can't believe that any parent would want to throw their child into an environment where they have to teach themselves the skills needed to excel on the next level.
What a truly strange way of thinking by these parents, again if this is true.



Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:29 pm
 

McGary's parents favor Duke; AAU coach Michigan

This is horrible journalism and is putting words into the recruit's mouth. The title states "McGary's parents favor Duke; AAU coach Michigan" as if this is a fact, but the article clearly states that "McGary DIDN'T DENY the fact that his parents favor Duke while his summer coach with the SYF team, Wayne Brumm, likes Michigan." I.e., Mitch never said or confirmed this -- it is simply the author's opinion, and he is trying to sell it off as fact. Bogus journalism!


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