Scouting Report: SMU commit Matt McQuaid
During warm-ups, McQuaid practiced taking three-pointers off the pass and off a dribble. The lanky guard makes the shots look effortless at times.
McQuaid shot lights-out from three-point range all game, finishing six-of-ten from deep. He hit two deep shots after coming off of screens. He also made two quick-release three-pointers after he ran around the court and alluded his defender like Ray Allen.
McQuaid also got out in transition and made two nice plays at the basket. He knows he has athleticism and wants to show it off. A couple of times he got open in the half court and signaled for an alley-oop but the ball handler could not get the ball to him.
One thing that struck me about McQuaid on offense is how quickly he makes decisions. Once he catches the ball he immediately shoots, dribbles towards the basket, or passes it to a teammate. He does not waste time on the shot clock and is extremely efficient: 22 points on seven-of-13 shooting, two assists, and one turnover.
On the defensive end, McQuaid is not flashy. He stays on his man and does not gamble for steals. His sole focus is staying in front of his man and not allowing him to get any open looks. He is a physical defender, especially in the paint, and ended the game with one block and four fouls. He also logged four rebounds for the game.
McQuaid played for most of the game and came out because other guys needed playing time, not because he was tired. It looked like the shooting guard could have played the entire game if need be, despite running hard up and down the floor on every play and playing earlier in the day against Team Penny. In the second half, McQuaid only came out when he banged his head on the court trying to take a charge but after a couple minutes on the bench he was back in for the stretch run.
- McQuaid is averaging 13.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.4 turnovers per game in EYBL play this year.