Height: 6-7 | Weight: 219 | Position: SF
The California Bears' loss was Fresno State's gain, when McGuire decided to transfer before the 2005-06 season. Regarded as a premier shot blocker, McGuire displayed a keen scoring touch, deft ball-handling skills and the ability to play a variety of positions.
McGuire lettered three times at Lincoln High School in San Diego, helping his team to three league championships and a 29-4 mark his senior year. He was selected to the All-State Division IV team and garnered first-team All-League honors in his final season, as he averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks.
McGuire had a game-high 18 blocks against Upland High School, one shy of the San Diego CIF record held by Jelani McCoy, and ended up posting a triple-double vs. Upland, with 18 points and 18 rebounds. He scored a game-high 36 points to go along with 15 rebounds and 13 blocks versus Mission Bay High School. He earned Western League MVP honors as a junior after averaging 16.8 points and nine rebounds per game.
In 2003-04, McGuire appeared in 26 games at California, starting four contests while swinging between small forward and shooting guard. He averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. He led the Bears with 22 blocks and ranked 10th in the Pacific-10 with 0.85 blocks per game.
As a sophomore, he started 23 of 28 games at Cal and finished with an average of 7.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and a team-high 1.1 blocks per game. He scored in double figures 11 times and averaged 24.6 minutes of play.
McGuire sat out the 2005-06 campaign under NCAA transfer rules. In his only season at Fresno State, he earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. He was also a WAC All-Newcomer and All-Defensive team choice. He started all 32 games for the Bulldogs, scoring 432 points while shooting 47.1 percent from the field (153 of 325) for an average of 13.5 points per game. He snared 314 rebounds, including 70 offensive boards, ranking 13th in the nation with an average of 9.8 per game.
The swingman also ranked fifth nationally with a Schoolseason-record 114 blocked shots. He doled out 104 assists and had 28 steals. He was called for 91 Personal fouls and had 119 turnovers. He posted 15 double-doubles, with his final one coming vs. Boise State in the WAC Tournament, as McGuire had 21 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 8 of 13 from the floor and added three blocks and four assists in 37 minutes of action.
McGuire recorded a triple-double in a 68-65 victory over San Diego on December 30. He didn't have a conventional triple-double, as he recorded 14 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in the victory. It was the first triple-double for Fresno State since 1994 and the first ever points, rebounds, blocked shots triple-double in school history.
On March 20, McGuire announced that he'd enter the 2007 NBA Draft. In 86 total games, he started 59 contests. He connected on 284 of 615 field goals (46.2 percent), including 24 of 95 from 3-point range. He hit on 153 of 275 free throws (55.6 percent) for a total of 745 points, an average of 8.7 points per game. He grabbed 540 rebounds (6.3 rpg) with 154 offensive boards. He collected 172 assists, 55 steals and 167 blocked shots. He was charged with 195 fouls and turned the ball over 207 times.
Positives: Tall, lanky player with experience at small forward and shooting guard...Lacks the bulk to play in the frontcourt, yet, he shows excellent elevation and good timing attacking the glass...Times his leaps well, dominating the boards as a rebounder and shot blocker as a junior...Efficient ball handler with a low dribble...Shows crisp passing ability and the vision to locate the open outlet when facing double teams...Uses his arm extension and wingspan (6'11") to alter the shots of the opponent...Runs the floor well and is very good at feeding the open teammate instead of forcing his shot...Does a good job of creating separation from his man, timing his leaps well to get the maximum elevation when firing off his jump shot...Has worked hard to eliminate the hitch in his shot and gets good follow-through when shooting...Demonstrates quick-wrist action on his passes and is a high-flyer around the rim, doing a nice job of getting around the defender for putbacks on the offensive boards...Has improved his ability as an off-ball, help-side defender coming to block the opponent's shot...Lacks ideal strength, but can cover ground quickly and uses his frame well to stay in front of his man and be an efficient pressure defender...Looks better when he plays a face-up, one-on-one game...Can put the ball on the floor before finishing, showing a strong drive to the basket...When the bigger forwards get a bit lethargic and fail to put their body on him, he is capable of slipping off and getting all over the offensive glass...Plays with good energy and has developed into a decent dunker...Generates very good lift when going for the rebound or blocked shot.
Negatives: Needs to add more bulk and drastically increase his overall strength...Despite solid rebounding skills, he gets pushed out of the paint often...Is better covering guards on the perimeter than taking on bigger men in the paint...Has just an adequate mid-range shot and most of his scoring comes from the high post or on putbacks...Must show more consistency with his post moves...Struggles to set his feet properly when attempting perimeter shots and is a marginal free-throw shooter with an awkward release and shows a noticeable hitch...Lacks range on his outside shot and defenders just let him flow out to the perimeter, knowing how he struggles to connect from that distance...Too thin to play the "four" spot and is a bit of a liability at the "three" due to perimeter-shooting deficiencies.<
b>Compares To: ANDREI KIRILENKO, Utah. McGuire is an outstanding shot blocker, but is a guard trapped in a small forward's body. He lacks the strength to crash the glass with the big boys, yet, he comes up with a fair share of rebounds and putbacks. He lacks a deadly outside shot and is prone to turnovers, but is very effective at altering the opponent's shot. He could have used another year of college development, but with his impressive hops, he should go early in the second round.
Attended Lincoln (San Diego) High School, lettering three times in basketball...Led his team to three league championships and a 29-4 mark his senior year...Selected to the All-State Division IV team and garnered first-team All-League honors in his final season, as he averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks...Had a game-high 18 blocks against Upland High School, one shy of the San Diego CIF record held by Jelani McCoy, and ended up posting a triple-double vs. Upland as well, with 18 points and 18 rebounds... Scored a game-high 36 points to go along with 15 rebounds and 13 blocks vs. Mission Bay High...Earned Western League MVP honors as a junior after averaging 16.8 points and nine rebounds per game.
General Studies major...Older brother, Jeremee, played basketball at the University of Houston (2002-03)...Son of Desiree and John McGuire...Born 10/20/85...Resides in San Diego, California.
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