One player who has seen his interest grow dramatically this summer, is Mitch McGary—a five-star center for the Class of 2012. Though he's picked up a host of impressive offers, McGary says everything is still wide-open for him.
"I don't have a list right now, I'm open to everyone," McGary said. "Over the next month or so, I might have a set list."
When asked if Pittsburgh was one of the schools on his list, he added the following:
"Yeah, a little bit," McGary said. "One of my teammates, Durand Johnson, is going there. I've talked to Coach Dixon a little bit."
One of the reasons for McGary's increase in interest has been a number of competitive camps he's gotten himself into. Sometimes the camps even overlap, or lead to one another. That was the case when he picked up the invite to go to Akron for the LeBron James Skills Academy.
"My AAU coach actually called me in the beginning of May, to say that we might have LeBron, I might be invited to the LeBron (Skills Academy)," McGary said. "I was pretty excited. I went to a camp, the Classic at Indiana University, and the Nike rep actually brought an invitation there. I got there 10 minutes before game time, hurried up and tied my shoes, and the Nike rep came down and gave the invitation to me and my parents. I was pretty excited. It was really exhilarating. I think it was one of the reasons why we won that game. That was probably one of my best games of the season."
McGary also went to one of the Skills Academy's qualifying events, the Amare Stoudemire camp for forwards held in Chicago just a few weeks before going to Akron. With the invite to Akron already in hand, along with several other top-notch AAU tournaments going on, McGary still felt the need to push himself at the Stoudemire camp.
"With Amare, I learned a lot of footwork," McGary said. "I have to work on my footwork a lot. People say I have good footwork already, but there's always room for improvement. LeBron told me he likes the intensity I play with. I just have to keep it up. I have to keep my motor going. That's one of the things I have going for me."
Having a player like James come up and make a compliment to a high school player such as himself, that's where the humble McGary has to stop and pinch himself.
"It's really cool," McGary said. "I think, personally, he's one of my favorites, and just hearing it from him, just meeting him, talking to him, I was shaking. I didn't know what to say to him. It's crazy. It's really cool."
With recent offers from Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke, it's easy to see that this competitive summer McGary has made for himself is a big factor in his constant improvement, and the increased interest. He credits this past week's LeBron James Skills Academy as being the most competitive environment he's been in.
"It's the top players in the country, it's invite only," McGary said. "Of the (AAU) tournaments, it's by invite only too, but the AAU teams usually have one or two pretty good guys. Here, everybody on the team is invited. You know they can ball. It measures where you're at in the playing field, how you rate against other players and what you need to work on; what your strengths are and what your weaknesses are."