The New Hampton (N.H.) senior guard, who has vowed to, along with Raymond Felton, Sean May and the rest of the Class of 2002, bring Carolina basketball back to what it was not too long ago, took some time to pick his McDonald's All-American teams.
McCants didn't just break it down into the East and West squads, either. He even looked at matchups between his East team and how the opposition would be able to handle the big men from this side of the country.
"It's going to be just like the NBA," he said. "We have the guys to pound it inside and they have the smaller, quick guys and will try to get out and run."
After much deliberation, here's the breakdown of McCants' final 24 players:
EAST WEST McCants (a no-brainer, of course) Sean May, PF Raymond Felton, PG Bracey Wright, SG Amare Stoudemire, C Daniel Horton, PG Carmelo Anthony, SF Anthony Roberson, PG Shavlik Randolph, F Paul Davis, F (will miss game – injury) J.J. Redick, SG Maurice Ager, SG Jason Fraser, C Hassan Adams, SG Torin Francis, F-C Evan Burns, SF Elijah Ingram, PG Dee Brown, PG Sani Ibrahim, C Brad Buckman, F Jarrett Jack, PG DeAngelo Collins, C Antoine Wright, SF Chris Bosh, F Jimmy McKinney, SG (replaces Davis)
The final team will be announced on Wednesday, Feb. 27, during the 6 p.m. EST edition of ESPN's SportsCenter.
McCants also said that his teammate at New Hampton, point guard Wes Miller, is playing extremely well of late. Miller, a senior who is contemplating whether to walk-on at UNC or accept a scholarship and more minutes at a place such as Wofford or Furman, scored 14 points and dished out five assists in a 63-59 win over Bridgton Academy on Wednesday.
"His options are still open," McCants said of the 5-11, 180-pound floor general. ``There's no telling what he's going to do. They said the walk-on spot is always going to be there."
"I've talked to him and tried to let him realize he can be a part of something special at Carolina," McCants added. "Practice will be harder than the games because we're going to have so much talent."
McCants finished with 13 points, 10 boards and five assists in the Bridgton victory. New Hampton (22-3) will play its final regular-season game tomorrow in Chapel Hill against the UNC JV squad (tipoff - 4 p.m. at the Smith Center) and then begin the playoffs at Endicott College on Wednesday.
"I can't wait to play the Carolina JV team because all my people are going to be there to see me," said McCants, who could get another look at fellow Tar Heel recruit Damion Grant in the first round of the playoffs next week.