2005 Point Guard Watch: Andre McGee

The big question is whether the Terps will go after a big man or a point guard with their remaining scholarship. We've got you covered with all the top floor leaders in the junior class that Maryland has a chance to land - and we'll start with the best of the bunch - west coaster Andre McGee.

It's a choice that the Terps coaching staff will have to make before long. Wait and go after an elite point guard in the junior class or go after one of the few available floor leaders in the senior class or in the JUCO ranks.

If they do decide to test the Class of 2005, it's a pretty good bet that the starting point will be on the west coast.

Change has been the key word for Andre McGee (No. 16, TheInsiders.com) of late.

The 5-11, 175-pound junior point guard elected not to change his address to IMG Academy in Florida, instead deciding to remain at Canyon Springs (Calif.). However, the personnel on his high school team certainly altered quite a bit – as did his list of favorites.

``It was a pretty tough decision not to go to IMG," McGee said. "IMG has a lot to offer, but the main thing for me is that I made a commitment to the school and I wanted to keep my end of the bargain."

When you talk about elite point guards in the junior class, McGee is right there at the top. You can throw him into a mix with Greg Paulus (Duke), Louis Williams and Monta Ellis.

``He'll probably end up averaging about 30 points for us," Canyon Springs coach Jeff Stovall said. "I think he'll have some 50-point games. He's just that potent and goes so hard all the time."

At one point, UCLA, Texas and Arizona were right atop McGee's list. However, the Bruins took Jordan Farmar from the Class of 2004, Texas hauled in senior Daniel Gibson and Arizona nabbed a pledge from 2006 floor leader Nic Wise, so those three have been eliminated.

Now, the leaders – according to McGee - are Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Kansas, Florida, Arizona State and Stanford. Stovall also mentioned Arkansas in addition to the other schools.

``Their real high on my list," McGee said of the Terps. "I like the coach. He's been there and won the national championship in 2002. I like their style of play. It's guard-oriented."

McGee does his research. He knows which schools have point guards who will be graduating the year prior to his arrival. He knows who each school is recruiting. McGee is an intelligent (3.0 GPA), savvy kid who is not short on confidence.

``I want to go where I can have an impact," McGee said. "Somewhere where they aren't just recruiting me just to be another player. I'd like to go somewhere where they think I can change the program around."

McGee said he's in no rush to get this whole process over and done. In fact, he said it's unlikely he'll make his decision prior to next year's ABCD Camp in July. However, he did mention that he'd like to take visits to Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Kansas.

McGee's season hasn't exactly started off the way he would have liked. He has averaged 19.5 points per game as the team split its first two games of the season, but he's seeing trick defenses nearly every time out now that both Tron Smith and Richard Cobbs graduated.


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