McGary improvement doesn't surprise coach
One of the stories of the summer has been the emergence of Mitch McGary as an elite player in the nation. McGary is being guided through this process by SYF Players head coach Wayne Brumm. Brumm says he hasn't been surprised at all by the emergence of McGary.
"I tell people this all the time," said Brumm, "Mitch still isn't as good today as he was in May of 2010 at the Adidas May Classic. At that time we would be working out two or three times per week, and he wasn't missing a shot the entire month of May. I think everybody else is surprised because he was just bad last July, so in their defense that is what they had to look at."
Even though Brumm felt McGary had this potential, top five was never the goal in terms of status in the country, once McGary went to prep school a two year plan was in place.
"I told him early on that we had a two year plan and that the goal was to be top 25 by the end of this summer," said Brumm. "I knew if he could get the self-confidence on the floor, which has come from being successful in the classroom, that all of this could happen."
Now Brumm says that McGary is getting so many calls from coaches that the kid is choosing not to answer nearly all of them.
"I have had the highest of high-major coaches calling me asking to put Mitch on the phone, and honestly he just says to me that he doesn't really want to talk," said Brumm. "One school was asking if he was even interested because he simply wasn't answering their calls. I told them he is interested, he is just not really answering his phone."
With the guidance of his parents and Brumm, McGary is hoping to chop down his list to a manageable number after the month of July.
Harris shines in match up looks at recruitment
When Gary Harris looked at the pools for the AAU Super Showcase he knew he would be matched up with Rodney Purvis. While Harris didn't want it to become too big of a deal, he knew he would be challenged.
"He is one of the best," Harris said of Purvis. "I get fired up for every game not just to play him, but it was good to get a marquee win against a great player."
Some new coaches have been courtside watching Harris during July, one of them being the Kentucky Wildcats. Even with that, Harris says that the communication between the two parties has remained the same.
"It is just some calls here and there," said Harris. "We talk off and on, but nothing is different."
At this point Harris still expects to take some official visits before coming to a decision. Do not look for a public narrowing of his list before a final choice comes.
Grant close to narrowing down list
A lot of people seem to be jumping to conclusions with the recruitment of Jerami Grant. The son of former NBA veteran Harvey Grant has seen his recruitment really expand in the past few months, and he is close to being able to narrow his list down.
Grant noted that Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, NC State, Oklahoma, and Texas are all heavily involved, but said that after the summer he will really sit down with his dad and begin to seriously sort through all of the schools.
One thing that has been made clear is that Grant will not be concerned with distance from home. He is just as comfortable playing in the Big XII as he is the ACC or Big East.