Peach Jam: Brandon McCoy

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Although his California Supreme squad did not advance out of pool play, California junior Brandon McCoy certainly made his presence felt. The seven-footer anchored the middle and went down swinging as Supreme dropped a hard-fought contest to Athletes First on Saturday afternoon.

A few weeks ago at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Brandon McCoy showed promise but mostly blended in among the camp’s rising seniors. The rising junior easily exhibited the talent to prove he belonged, however, and there’s a clear reason why he ranks No. 23 in the rising junior class.

But his play in Supreme’s final Peach Jam game suggested, at least a little, that he might rise even further before his career is finished. McCoy scored 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead all players, utilizing his size and solid hand-eye coordination to secure the ball cleanly in traffic.

He already possesses a workable jump hook in the post that’s only going to improve with time, and he can step out and knock down 10-13 foot jump shots featuring a high release. He clearly has received and accepted coaching, because he also keeps the ball high after rebounds and can go from catch to the rim without unnecessarily bringing the ball below his waist.

McCoy’s next steps will be to gain strength — he has a very solid frame and simply needs muscle — and to improve his balance, which causes him to miss too many shots on the interior. He should enjoy some natural improvement along those lines as he grows into his body, but based on his current trajectory it won’t surprise anyone if he accelerates the development process through hard work.

He already holds offers from schools such as Arizona, Oregon, Kansas and San Diego State, and in fact all four of those programs had coaches on the sidelines this afternoon — including head coaches Sean Miller, Dana Altman and Steve Fisher.

McCoy projects to be one of the Nike circuit’s starring big men next year, and he’s well on his way to earning major achievements prior to the conclusion of his high school career.

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