Four recruiting California's McCoy hardest

Brandon McCoy is one of the west's top 2017 prospects and has several schools seriously pursuing him.

One of the top defensive prospects in the 2017 class comes from San Diego Morse in 7-foot, 230-pound center Brandon McCoy.

With McCoy's size, motor, athleticism and intensity, he's a terrific rim protector and defensive rebounder who is quickly making strides offensively.

"I like pushing the intensity," McCoy said. "Whether it’s a block, a rebound, whatever, I’ll just do what it takes to bring the team together."

McCoy's approach to the game is refreshing, as he's focused on making his presence felt on the defensive end of the court.

"Most players want to score but I feel like I can set the tone defensively," McCoy said. "The offense will come. I post up strong, I can score on rebounds, I work on my left and right hook and have a turnaround jumper.

"I have post moves but I need to slow down and think the whole game through; I rush too much."

Kansas, UConn and Oregon are the newest offers for McCoy, who listed KU, Michigan State, Arizona and UCLA as the schools recruiting him the hardest.

Scout's 25th ranked 2017 prospect and 8th rated center in the class broke down what he likes about all four of the schools working the hardest on him.

Michigan State: "I always wanted to go to Michigan State since I was like seven years old. When they called me and said they want me to go there, that was phenomenal. That was a milestone I just accomplished, having them talk to me."

Kansas: "Everyone wants to go to Kansas. They put a lot of players into the NBA. The fact they believe in me is an honor to me."

Arizona: "They bring a lot defensively and have a lot of talent on their team. They were the top team in the west. To think a top team like that wants me to play on their team is a blessing."

UCLA: "They have a very, very strong history. A lot of Hall of Famers came out of UCLA. The fact they want me is a blessing."

The rising junior isn't in a rush to make a decision.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time and worried about getting better," McCoy said. "I'm trying to compete at the highest level. I want to keep getting better every day."

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