UA Associaton: McGusty breaks out

Kameron McGusty, a Texas native, is one of the breakout performers of the spring.

In late July, Scout evaluated Kameron McGusty, a slender wing prospect, playing on the Houston Defenders 16’s team in a back gym in Las Vegas.

At that time, McGusty didn’t have much of a reputation and he would be the first to tell you that. Following that viewing, he was slotted as a four-star prospect. Fast-forward to the spring and the 6-foot-5 wing has become one of the most talked about prospects on the Under Armour circuit.

“I really turned it up this spring,” McGusty told Scout. “I’m leading the league in scoring. I really worked hard after high school basketball on my shooting, dribbling and everything. My game is getting better. A lot of people didn’t know who I am and now everybody knows who I am.”

What’s the difference in his play?

“I think it’s more of a mindset,” McGusty said. “I have that killer instinct now. When I get the ball, I’m trying to come at you. Scoring the ball, getting to the basket and dishing the ball, all of the little things like that.”

Through 12 games in the UA Association, McGusty is averaging 23 points a game. He’s a strong driver that finishes well in the paint. He’s equipped with floaters and is quite comfortable pulling up for jumpers, but he also takes pride in his defense.

“I can get in the paint, create havoc with the defense and whether I’m dishing it off or shooting, I’m getting to the basket and getting bigs in foul trouble,” McGusty said when describing his game.

“My jumper is good, but I want it to be great,” he added. “On defense, I want to be the guy that holds the best player on the other team, so I want to get better at that too.”

McGusty currently claims scholarship offers from Texas, Oklahoma, USC, Kansas and SMU. He said Indiana is also heavily involved. McGusty, who stars at Katy (Tex.) Seven Lakes, has taken one unofficial visit to Oklahoma

“I like their style of play,” he said about Oklahoma. “They like big guards and I’m a big guard. I can run the one or the two. They’d give me freedom there and that’s what I’m looking for.”

McGusty said he plans to visit with Shaka Smart and his new staff at Texas this coming weekend.

“My whole life I’ve been playing with the Defenders and we press a lot and coach Smart likes to get up and down and press so I’m used to his style of play and I like it,” he said. “He’s a good coach and he’s always positive every time I talk to him. He’s always saying positive things.”

“As soon as he got the job that first live period, I think we were in New Orleans, he offered me,” he added.

McGusty said he doesn’t have any other visits scheduled. He also made it clear he’s not in a hurry to make a college choice.

“I’m going to wait it out,” he said. “I don’t’ know what day or what month I just want to wait it out.”

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