The holidays may be the time of year for most of us to take a break from work and other responsibilities, but the SMU coaching staff has not missed a beat even during this time of year.
Last week, SMU assistant coach K.T. Turner offered Pat McCaw, a three-star 2014 shooting guard out of Montrose Christian (MD).
Despite going to school in Maryland and being from Saint Louis, McCaw plays his AAU ball for the Chicago-based Mac Irvin Fire, the former team of Sterling Brown, with fellow SMU recruits Edward Morrow, Zach Norvell and Jalen Brunson.
McCaw has not had the time to speak to his AAU coach, Nick Irvin, about his new SMU offer, but Irvin did have a lot to say about McCaw's basketball skill.
"He's a smooth combo guard who plays both positions and can shoot it really well," Irvin said. "Plays hard. He's just a good kid."
Irvin has been coaching McCaw for three years now and has seen significant improvement in that time.
"His aggressiveness has really improved, and his toughness. All that's improved and he can defend real good actually," Irvin said. "His aggression has helped him both offensively and defensively. He just needs to continue to stay aggressive (as he moves on to college) and take more shots and makes moves when he plays. That's the thing I want to see him improve on and get better."
Another thing Irvin would like to see is for McCaw to be more vocal with his teammates.
"He's not very vocal, but he leads by example. That's one thing I've talked to him about, he's got to talk more on the court," Irvin said. "But one thing that he does is he leads by example."
McCaw currently holds a number of offers, including ones from Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, Wichita State, Mississippi, Florida State, and DePaul, where his teammate from Montrose Christian Raymond Doby just committed to earlier this month. Another of his Montrose teammates, Allonzo Trier, has also been recruited by SMU.
McCaw also has offers from close schools to home, such as Missouri, Saint Louis and Illinois State, but Irvin does not think McCaw will consider geography at all when he makes his final decision in the spring.
"It really don't matter, you know he's at Montrose Christian right now and that's kind of far away from his house so it won't matter," Irvin said. "(He's just looking for) a place where he can get better, help his overall game and just get minutes as a freshman. Every freshman coming in wants to play minutes so that's important."
With the transfer of guard Jalen Jones, McCaw has the possibility of joining an SMU recruiting that already has five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and making an immediate impact on the team.
"I think that (Mudiay's commitment) will help. Mudiay's one of the best point guards if not the best point guard in the country," Irvin said. "That would (make any teammate better), with the knowledge and the handles and the court vision, that would help a guy like Pat because then he can shoot the basketball."
3-Star Shooting Guard Holds SMU Offer
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