NBPA Top 100: Kameron McGusty

An ankle injury vanquished Kameron McGusty’s plans for world domination, or at least domination of the NBPA Top 100 Camp. The slender Texas wing has risen from the ranks of the unknown all the way to No. 28 nationally, and he entered the event determined to build on his momentum.

”I came out the first day, thought I had a great first day, then sprained my ankle,” Kameron McGusty said. “I still have the Under Armour All-American camp, Atlanta and Vegas, so I still have a lot of opportunities to prove myself.”

McGusty isn’t being brash; he’s simply acknowledging the reality that he has positioned himself among the country’s most potent scorers. He leads all players on the UA circuit at 23 points per game, four more per outing than top three star Josh Jackson.

A member of the Houston Defenders, McGusty’s ascent hardly is an anomaly. He’s a tremendous athlete and ballhandler who scores effortlessly in the open floor, weaving among defenders and finishing with dunks or slick layups. His transition abilities also include sharp, unselfish passing and the toughness to initiate and take contact.

Sizing up his own game, he nevertheless realizes he must improve specific facets.

”Definitely my jumper, get my jumper to where it’s consistent,” McGusty said. “Some games I go two-for-two and some games one-for-three. I also want to be a defensive stopper and guard the best player on the court at all times.

”And my conditioning, I feel like I get a little tired sometimes. Get on the treadmill, run the track, get my breathing right.”

McGusty’s list of suitors includes Cincinnati, Louisville, Texas, Oklahoma, USC, Florida, Missouri, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Baylor and Wake Forest, among others. He said he holds offers from all of those except the Bears, Bearcats and Cardinals.

”A lot of schools that are looking at me, they have their best scorer leaving, so they want me to come in and fill that spot,” he said. “I could take over as the No. 1 scorer on the team, which I feel is a great fit for me.

”I’d get to come in and play some big minutes and really showcase my skill, which I think at the next level I can do that. Be a freshman coming in and make a big impact.

Based on his play so far this year, those domination goals don’t appear to have been dismissed, merely delayed.

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