There hasn’t been time to see many of his options. But last weekend, Oak Hill Academy (Va.) 2018 four-star center David McCormack took in his first visit since the beginning of the fall.
McCormack was on hand for Virginia Tech’s win over Duke, his first since last season. And while he took plenty from the experience, he’s far from any type of decision.
The time in Blacksburg was McCormack’s first since he took in former coach Frank Beamer’s final home game. McCormack stayed for the Hokies’ basketball game later that night against VMI. But last weekend gave him a chance to see a few intricacies.
“It was definitely good to see the game,” McCormack said. “Great energy. The only thing I wanted to see, was that. Last time I came, there weren’t a lot of students. This time, the energy from the alumni and people from the area was amazing. It was sold out even while the students were still on break.”
McCormack said he also noticed a few specifics in watching Virginia Tech’s win play out.
“Two of their bigs were sitting,” McCormack said. “But a friend of mine, Khadim Sy, he graduated from Oak Hill. He starts and he plays. The way they play him, I like it. Later on, they had to play four guards, so I like Buzz’s coaching style. He knows what to do to win.”
Sy has since been injured, as he sprained his ankle Wednesday in pre-game shootaround before NC State. But Sy has also kept up a bit with McCormack, to tell him about the Hokies.
“He told me it was hard but they whipped him into shape,” McCormack said. “When he was there, he had some personal stories. Once they whipped him into shape, though, he enjoys it.”
McCormack has also stayed in regular contact with assistant coach Christian Webster and coach Buzz Williams.
“Knowing Buzz and Christian, I wouldn’t say we’re far past building, but we’re where everything isn’t about basketball,” McCormack said. “It’s where you can have a general conversation and just talk. Buzz is a good, Christian man. We talk about church often. He sends great quotes and motivational things. We talk about school, Oak Hill, their schedule and just coming to a game.”
To this point, McCormack said he has no other visits planned. Interest, though, has picked up from Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and others.
“I’m interested in a lot of schools,” McCormack said. “But we can’t afford to get out to Texas, Kansas and places like that. I picked up an offer from USC, so that won’t be easy to get to.”
McCormack said he has no timetable on a decision. But he does have a checklist of what he wants to find in wherever he does choose.
“I wanna see how they develop and use their big men.,” McCormack said. “I wanna see the school in general, their programs in my major, journalism. Location isn’t a big issue, but I wanna take into consideration with my family. Then just the environment. Can I see myself there if I’m not playing basketball?”