...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
I know there was a post a few days ago, but a friendly reminder that Mitch McGary's game wil be on ESPN at 4:00 today. Will be a good test for Mitch as he faces 6'11" Nerlens Noel (#2 in 2013 Class)
Also Nik Stauskas played earlier on ESPNU, but I missed the game, so if anyone has an update please post it.
Mitch McGary had an impressive first game for Brewster, scoring 17 points and grabbing 17 boards. Rivals posted the highlight video:
Interesting they list him now at 257 lbs. and he looks it in the video. But, he looks very active and athletic. Also looks like he has some pretty good teammates too.
Johnathon Givony who runs draftexpress has just gotten word that McGary is eligible for the 2012 draft. NBA scouts (who usually are barred from watching high schoolers) will be watching him at the National Prep Showcase this weekend. For those who don't know turns 20 in June of next year and if we were an international prospect we would have been eligible this year as he turned 19 before the draft.
Givony has him as is 33rd overall prospect (only HS senior on the list).
Just to be clear I haven't seen any articles, tweets, or rumors about him considering declaring next year but it's worth keeping an eye on him in case an agent or someone gets in his ear. It's also worth keeping an eye on the NBA negotiations as the owners are making a strong push to make two years mandatory out of high school before being eligible. If the owners get what they want McGary won't be eligible until 2013 at the earliest.
Again, not sounding the alarm. It's just something to keep an eye on.
FWIW, I spoke with a Charlotte Bobcats scout about 2 weeks ago and asked him about these two. He spoke highly of both. He said McGary is a one-and-done kid, but he wouldn't be surprised to see him stay longer like Sullinger did for OSU. His comparison for McGary was Kevin Love. He said, was quick to say "not because he's white and a 20-20 guy. If that were the case I could've said Tyler Hansbrough." His reasoning was his jumpshot sets him apart from Hansbrough.
He said Sullinger is more Hansbrough than McGary. I told him NBADraft.net has Rasheed Wallace as his comparison, and he said "I can see that, but he's not as athletic. He also doesn't take plays off like Rasheed would. And Rasheed Wallace is one of the most raw talented players in the history of the game...that's not McGary...McGary is talented, but he also works harder than everyone else for the basketball." He said he's a Kevin Love clone.
I asked about Robinson and Stauskas and he didn't have much. But he said both will be nice college players. He said Robinson reminds him a lot of Hardaway in that he was a late bloomer and the son of a basketball legend. Said, "watch, he's going to blow up during his senior year just like Tim did."
Nothing groundbreaking, just wanted to share. But good to have both of those guys in the fold! They both sound like great players, and better people. We've had guys like Novak that simply work harder for everyone to get what they get. It'll be nice to have that same type of player in someone who was blessed with a little more basketball talent. (Not a knock on Novak...he's said time and again that he's average, but that he tries to work harder than everyone to be better than average. And he certainly is, and will have a GREAT year this year).
now we each have our very own 5 star recruits for 2012. Harris on the dark side, McGary on the good. Basketball is fun again.