Sooners assistant coach Lew Hill liked McGusty’s game, the 6-foot-5 wing said, but Hill wanted to see more.
At another AAU camp this past weekend in New Orleans, McGusty had done enough to earn a scholarship offer from Oklahoma, which is still looking to fill out its 2016 class.“I did all those little things,” said McGusty, who saw coach Lon Kruger and assistant coach Chris Crutchfield in New Orleans this past weekend. “Not even a year later, here I am with the Oklahoma offer.”
A talented driver and finisher at the rim, McGusty took the next step in the tenacity of his game and tried to emphasize the parts of his game that Hill thought he needed to refine: Getting rebounds, doing the dirty work, getting on the floor and taking charges.
McGusty averaged 20 points per game this last season for Katy Seven Lakes and was named Offensive Player of the Year in Class 19-6A.
“At the end of the day all it’s doing is helping my game,” McGusty said of the advice given by Hill. “I guess I’ll take it.”
“It really opened my eyes and shows that my hard work is paying off,” McGusty said. “It’s good to know that a school believes in my ability to play at the highest level.”
McGusty said he was in no hurry to make a decision and is pretty sure he’s going to “wait it out’” after receiving his first major conference offer this weekend.
One big card that Oklahoma might possesses is that McGusty’s close friend and former teammate will be coming to Norman in the fall. McGusty and Oklahoma 2015 signee Christian James met in the fourth grade, when they played on the same AAU team.
McGusty said James hasn’t been pushing Oklahoma on him, but James did point out the facilities when the two were on campus together for the final weekend of the regular season.
“He can really help us at OU,” James said of the smooth, athletic guard who he said can shoot the 3 or create his own shot.
McGusty is reportedly one of the first offers Oklahoma has made to the 2016 class since sophomore Frank Booker decided to transfer at the end of the season. The interest and contact has been pretty constant between he and Oklahoma since he first attended team camp but said it has picked up since his high school season ended in mid-March.
It might be because Oklahoma has another scholarship to fill, but it also could be because McGusty showed that he is ready to play major conference basketball.
“They just told me what I needed to do if I wanted to play for the University of Oklahoma,” McGusty said. “I worked on those things. They wanted to get the best out of me, and not just being able to score the ball.