ABCD: McGee performs in front of Pitino

<b>TEANECK, NJ</b> University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino arrived at ABCD just in time for Andre McGee's first game of the camp. McGee, who is second in camp in assists and steals after the first session, spent some time with Inside The Ville following his Thursday afternoon game.

Despite what critics of his game proclaim, there's no denying this fact; Andre McGee IS a point guard (and one of the best at his position in the class).

Sometimes questioned because of his proclivity to hoist long range jumpers or because of his scorers mentality, McGee certainly has the makings of a fine collegiate point guard. He's quick with the ball, has the ability to penetrate and find the open man and is an excellent interior passer. He'll also bury the three pointer and has a nice step back jumper, ala former U of L signee Sebastian Telfair.

Though he struggled with his outside shot (1-9 FG) in the camp's first game on Thursday, McGee, who performed extremely well at ABCD last summer, dished out eight assists and used a pair of quick hands on defense to register four steals. Both numbers rank second in camp following the opening session.

"I think it's just the type of system," McGee said explaining why he plays well in the camp setting. "It's like Louisville and we're just running and gunning, playing pressure defense and getting out and getting open shots. That's my whole game. I just want to create scoring opportunities for my teammates and myself."

With University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino looking on this afternoon, McGee said he feels relieved to have his college decision behind him.

"A lot of guys come into camp with four or five schools on their lists and it's hard to think about that kind of stuff and play," McGee explained. "That stopped for me about a month ago and I'm glad I don't have to worry about that anymore. It's my last year here [at ABCD]and I just want to enjoy myself."

A fun-loving sort, McGee has also been honing his recruiting skills this week and says he's been working on 6-foot-6 Marcus Johnson, who also happens to be a close friend.

"For a guy with Marcus Johnson who's thinking about coming [to Louisville] I tell him all the great things about [U of L]," McGee admitted. "I talk to him about Rick Pitino as a coach and the great comraderie that exists between the players. And then I can talk about the fans in Freedom Hall and going to the Big East. There's a lot of positives in Louisville."

Accompanied by his father and his brother this week, McGee explained that his parents are happy about his decision to attend U of L and are proud of the way he handled the recruiting process.

"They felt great about it because I made the decision by myself," McGee said of the trip to Louisville with his parents when he made his verbal commitment. "I didn't tell them I was going to commit I just made the decision as a man and they support me one hundred percent."

"They felt it was a great place for me where I could go in, have the opportunity to play right away in a good program for a great coach. So I'm looking forward to a lot of success."


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