Mitch Mcgary If he chooses is eligable for 2012 NBA Draft

Submitted by Bluemandew on August 19th, 2011 at 11:15 AM brings up the fact that due to McGary's age and the fact he will have been out of high school for a year that he could if he chooses declare for the draft. They interview his AAU coach who says he wouldn't discount the possibilty. But the author also talks to his prep school coach who says he hasn't heard anything about declaring for the draft.

I am starting to get a little excited about this kid. Sam Webb just hyped him today on wtka. I know this article doesn't mean he is declaring just find it interesting because until now I didn't even know it was a possibility.



August 19th, 2011 at 11:25 AM ^

How about "none and done"?  The story doesn't really make it clear what the situation is with him playing at Brewster Academy.  How do you have a post graduate HS student?  Whatever the situation, if he's figured out a way to circumvent the current system, I'm sure there will be guys lined up to follow suit.

It doesn't sound like he wants to skip college, but that might just be AAU coach-speak.  I hope he decides to go to school and Go Blue.


August 19th, 2011 at 12:15 PM ^

Post Graduate years are very common in New England prep schools, particularly among athletes. Generally the reason is and/or:
1) Better grades to get into better school
2) Another year of athletic maturation against better competition (again to get into a better school)

Yinka Double Dare

August 19th, 2011 at 4:57 PM ^

A family friend did that, he wasn't getting much of a sniff from schools for basketball, so he did a year of prep school and played D-1 ball on scholarship after that, it helped him get noticed and allowed him another year of weights and such before still coming into college with full eligibility.  Prep school was also good for his education, even though his grades were more than fine.  I believe he now has a Ph.D.


August 19th, 2011 at 4:47 PM ^

One other point: From what I've read/heard, McGary went to prep school and reclassified from 2011 to 2012 to improve his grades. At the time he entered Brewster Academy a year ago he was nowhere near the prospect he is now. So there's no way he has had some plan all along to circumvent the rule.


August 19th, 2011 at 11:59 AM ^

I'm starting to grow sick of these rules limiting the age of players going pro in certain sports.  I was originally a fan of it, but it also creates a lot of the problems we have in college sports. 

Too many guys think they're pros already, they just aren't allowed in yet.  If these guys were allowed to go pro whenever they thought they were good enough, many of these problems wouldn't exist.  This is not in reference to McGary, just the concept in general. 


August 19th, 2011 at 1:59 PM ^

All 2012 prospects could be eligible depending on what the new NBA CBA will say. That the players union would fight for the high schoolers to be drafted again is a joke, but that's what happens when a union is run by agents.



August 19th, 2011 at 2:42 PM ^

I'm not an expert on evaluating players for their NBA potential, but over the last year McGary blew up into a top prospect—someone who could be a one-and-doner and who is already projected as a lottery pick for the 2013 draft. With another year of development under his belt, who knows? Keep in mind he'll be at the advanced age of 20 at time of the 2012 NBA draft, plus unlike Garnett and Kobe he won't be going directly from 12th grade to the NBA but from an extra year of prep school.


August 19th, 2011 at 3:10 PM ^

If you're good enough to be a one-and-done, you're almost certainly good enough to go pro straight out of high school.  I doubt the one year of college makes a huge difference for these guys' development.

It wasn't just Garnett and Kobe that went pro straight out of HS and succeeded.  LeBron, Dwight Howard, McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal, Amare Stoudamire, Eddy Curry, Al Harrington, and Rashard Lewis were some others.  And there are guys like Kwame Brown, who may not have lived up to expectations, but has nevertheless stuck around for 10 years in the pros.  There clearly are quite a few high school seniors who have an NBA-ready game.  It's not that exceptional. 

True Blue Grit

August 19th, 2011 at 2:37 PM ^

a huge double-edged sword.  For every Garnett or Kobe, there are probably a bunch of players who went nowhere.  For the teams drafting them, they are risking a large amount of money for a player that may not be able to handle the rigors of professional ball.  Or, the team may have to wait a number of years while the player develops the skills they otherwise might have gotten playing in college.  It's fine for hockey and baseball because they have farm systems in place for players to get ready for the big league.  But, with the NBA and NFL it's basically all or nothing.  I'm kind of old school and believe in almost all cases, players would benefit from playing at least 2 years in college. 


August 19th, 2011 at 3:45 PM ^

Wasn't it Mcgary who just last december wasn't THAT highly regarded?? (Yes still a good prospect, but people weren't going crazy over him) He was rated in the 90s for the top 100 for both espn and rivals and was a 4 star. Scout didn't have him ranked in the top 100.  He also only had offers from Indiana,dayton, ball state, and a few others schools like that.  He has seriously shot up in the rankings in a very very short period of time. Does anyone know what caused that? I guess december was early in the high school season still and the AAU circuit for summer hadn't started yet....but that is still a drastic jump. I'm wondering if he was under the radar for that long, or truly did improve a lot.(most likely a combination of the 2)


I really hope he commits to us, our team would be amazing.