Humphrey, Lofton ... McBee?

Nobody wants another Lee Humphrey or Chris Lofton coming back to haunt them. For those reasons alone, Rutledge senior Skylar McBee is getting every chance to prove himself as a late high-major signee.

Think about this for a minute. The Volunteer State has produced two of the best snipers in recent memory. One was a home grown prospect named Lee Humphrey of Maysville who went onto become the NCAA tournament's all-time leader in 3-pointers.

The other shooter, an import from Kentucky who made his bones at Tennessee. Chris Lofton might not have been a native but since he made more jumpers in Tennessee than his native Kentucky, we'll use him in this analogy.

The point we're making here is both Humphrey and Lofton were recruited strongly at the mid-major level but succeeded at higher-level schools. Now, just because a prospect may be following the same path doesn't guarantee success but programs are doing all the homework on Rutledge (Tenn.) Grainger Skylar McBee just to be sure.

The 6-foot-2 McBee busts them deep at a 39.4 percent clip. Might he be the next under the radar shooter? "He could be," Rutledge coach Derrick Combs told "I think he's going to get better looks on the college level and he'll make them."

East Tennessee State, Chattanooga, Furman and Middle Tennessee are sold on him. Wake Forest and Tennessee are looking … hard. Each has been to see him more than once this year and McBee visited (on his own dime) the Deacs Wednesday night for their win over Duke.

The Vols and Deacs have not offered yet. "He's intrigued by the possibility of an offer," Combs said. "If they offer he's likely to jump and if Tennessee offers he might go. He would consider a walk-on to Tennessee."

Wake, according to Combs, told McBee they're evaluating three for his position this spring. "Lots of schools see him as a combo. Wake sees him as a shooter. He's got good handles and he's a heady player. He's a coach's son, tough as nails."

Sounds like the kind of player nobody wants to miss on. High-major stroke, mid-level overall game and he could be just the piece a bigger school sits on for a spring addition.

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