Deacons Evaluating TN Guard

Grainger High School standout Skylar McBee is having a great senior season. The 2009 sharpshooter has helped lead the team to a 21-5 record and, in the meantime, has seen his recruitment pick up.

6'2 shooting guard Skylar McBee is all about winning. He and his teammates at Grainger High School have enjoyed a great 2008-2009 season and McBee hopes to keep it going for awhile longer.

"The team has played real well so far," stated McBee. "We are 21-5 and won our district. We have had some young players really step up this year. I just want to continue winning and playing well and hope we make it to the state playoffs."

McBee is averaging 27 points per game this season despite facing a number of junk defenses from time to time. "My teammates have done a great job this year of making shots. I have faced some junk defenses but not quite as much as I expected because of how well my teammates have played. I just take what the defense gives me. I'm not concerned about my stats, just the team winning."

When asked about his best qualities as a player, McBee responded, "My toughness and ability to get the ball where it needs to be. Also my shooting ability. I'm just a competitor that wants to help the team win any way possible." McBee also mentioned that he wanted to work on his strength and tighten up his ball handling before getting to college so he could play both guard positions if necessary.

Because of his stellar play and ability to shoot the basketball, McBee has seen his recruitment pick up. "I have offers from Chattanooga, Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee. I am also getting serious interest from Wake Forest, Tennessee, Marshall, and Winthrop."

McBee has made multiple trips to Wake Forest and is very impressed with what he has seen. "I have had really great visits to Wake. It's only 4 hours from home which is nice. The coaching staff has been great to me as well. Wake also has a great campus and is just a great place to be. Coach Battle and Coach Muse are coming to watch me play this Saturday."

With Wake and Tennessee being the two marquee teams recruiting McBee at this time, McBeee is anxious to see if either team offers him a scholarship.

"Wake hasn't mentioned if or when they plan to offer. I know they are very interested and are still evaluating me. Tennessee really doesn't have a scholarship open at this time but may at the end of the season. If both teams offer it would be a real tough decision for me. Wake is a great place and they are having a great season. On the other hand, Tennessee is close to home and all my friends and family could come and watch me play."

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