"Tony is just a player that can do a little big of everything. He can defend on the post, he can defend out on the perimeter. He is just a nice overall player," said Coach Tommy Brakel.
North Crowley is coming off a 5A State Championship last year with a record of 38-1. McGilveary was very crucial part of their run, earning All-Region honors as a junior. The 2009 prospect is already a three-year letter winner for the Panthers, and is still making a name for himself as a senior.
"In the four years that Tony has been here and played a role in the varsity, we have been 111-31," said coach Brakel. "He has been a major part of that."
While 13 points and 7 rebounds a game doesn't seem like godly stats, McGilveary is battling the fact that North Crowley has major talent on their team.
"We have possibly five college basketball players in this senior class alone. So there is only so many rebounds and so many shots that go around. When you ask these kids to take their individual talents and mold them into team play, sometimes their individual stats go down," said Brakel.
A member of the Texas Bluechips AAU team, McGilveary's game made major strides this summer in multiple areas. The biggest improvement came from the perimeter.
"This spring he really worked on his three point goal field percentage. He is now a legitimate three-point threat," said Brakel. "At 6'5, with a long frame he can take the ball inside and now his three point shooting has made a complete player."
Currently McGilveary has offers from Stephen F. Austin and Southern University, but is expecting recruiting to pick up soon. He is getting interest from many schools including TCU, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Kansas State.
"I think Tony is going to be open to the best offer out there when everything is said and done," said Brakel. "There has been interest there (TCU). He has a lot of interest from a lot of local schools."
Currently unrated by Scout.com, McGilveary is rated a three-star prospect by other recruiting services and has a rating of an 87/100 by ESPN's Scout Inc.
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