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Brandon McCoy Looks Past Summer Setback

Potential UNC post target was sidelined in July.

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. – The summer did not go as expected for seven-foot center Brandon McCoy.

Coming out of Memorial Day weekend, McCoy was one of the hottest names on the AAU circuit as he averaged 17.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game at the final Nike EYBL stop in Georgia. Instead of seeing his momentum continue, McCoy was plagued by a leg injury which hampered his participation at major events.

“It was in Atlanta,” said McCoy. “I have a bone bruise in my quad. myositis ossificans, or something like that. I’m just trying to rehab to get the bruise out of my muscles. Right now, the time period is up in the air. I’m getting better every day. I’m getting way, way better every day, but just trying to take my time.”

Prior to McCoy’s injury, the UNC coaching staff was in regular contact with McCoy, although a scholarship offer was not extended before entering the live recruiting periods in July. Despite not being able to track McCoy during the three July live periods the coaching staff is still staying in touch.

“They try to text me every day or so,” said McCoy. “I haven’t got an offer yet. They want to get to know me and then take it from there.”

After the injury prevented the UNC staff from seeing him in action in July, the next opportunity for the Tar Heel coaches – and Roy Williams specifically – to evaluate McCoy will be the Recruiting Period that begins on Sept. 9.

While UNC has not offered, several other top schools have made McCoy a priority.

“Michigan State is recruiting me hard,” said McCoy. “Maryland is recruiting me hard. Arizona is recruiting me hard and Louisville. I might take an official visit to Arizona and Michigan State. It’s not written down on paper, but something I’m thinking about.”

Could a visit to Chapel Hill happen if McCoy were to score an offer from the Tar Heels?

“Definitely,” said McCoy. “They have a strong history. I’m just trying to make sure that I go to a school where they teach me the game and I can grow and get better.”

For now, McCoy is focused on his rehab and his senior season at Cathedral Catholic in San Diego where his team went 21-7 last year.

“I’ll definitely be back for that,” said McCoy. “I’ve learned just to appreciate the game that much more. I’ve seen a lot and watched, but with me being hurt it just goes to show that your career can end any day. Just taking it from game to game has made me want to go harder every game. When I get better I want to be in the gym every day, every night, every morning. Just eat, sleep, and breathe basketball.”


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