Brandon McGee Getting Increased Attention

Brandon McGee's stock has gone up throughout the Spring AAU season. The 6-8 forward from Crane Tech in Chicago has been getting increased attention after his play on the AAU circuit with the Illinois Warriors. Find out the latest on the class of 2007 prospect in this report.

With his play this spring, Brandon McGee has done well enough to jump onto the spring edition of the Scout.com Class of 2007 Top 100 rankings at number 97.

Warriors coach Larry Butler feels that McGee projects out very well at the next level. "Brandon is very talented, don't know how good he could be down the road," said Butler. "I don't think he realizes how good he could be. I think he has a lot of tools to be a dynamite player on the next level."

McGee plays the power forward position in high school, but has some of the skills of a small forward. "He'll be a combo forward," Butler observed. "Once he concentrates more on rebounding and playing defense, he's going to be a dynamite player. He already can put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket very well. He can also shoot the three."

Brandon has been improving at a tremendous rate and looks to continue to improve. "He's one of the hottest prospects in our state," Butler expressed. "He's not as good as Evan Turner is now, but he's rapidly improving."

"He really needs to focus more on his defensive rebounding," said Larry. "He's already an athletic guy that can play in the open court, handle the basketball, and do some things. His basketball IQ has to get a little bit better. He's got the tools to really be successful down the road."

McGee identifies one area of his game that he'd most like to improve on. "My ball handling, I can handle the ball, but a little more improvement would be great," said McGee.

With the improved play comes the increased attention from the high major colleges. "The last couple of tournaments I've been getting a lot of phone calls from different people," McGee stated.

Among the schools that McGee is hearing from are Arizona State, Ball State, DePaul, Florida, Illinois, Indiana State, Iowa State, Marquette, Northern Illinois, UNLV, Washington and Wisconsin.

With so much interest, who does Brandon rely on for advice? "My head coach (Anthony Longstreet), Larry Butler of course - my AAU coach, because he knows about the recruitment process. I've been doing research on the internet and reading about different schools."

McGee understand the importance of being a student as well as an athlete at the next level. "That's the most important thing the academics, without that I really can't play basketball. I look at that as a strong point."

Brandon is looking for a school with a Marketing major so that he can pursue a career in Pharmaceutical Sales. What factors are important in his college decision? "Right now it has to be academics and a good overall coaching staff on the basketball team that I will play for in the future."

McGee has yet to visit any college campuses. He looks forward to visiting schools and continuing play with the Warriors this summer. College coaches will be able to see McGee in action again at the Nike Peach Jam in South Carolina in July.

Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the latest updates on Brandon McGee and other DePaul prospects.

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