Kaukauna (WI) High Jordan McCabe has always been a talented, savvy point guard worthy of major scholarship interest. Problem was that his physical height didn’t match the ideal college floor general.
Instead of schools complimenting his ball handling, court vision, perimeter shooting and heart, they pointed to his 5-10 frame as one of his biggest drawbacks.
“My height has been the big question with me growing up and going through the recruiting process,” McCabe told BadgerNation. “It’s always been is he going to be big enough? Now that we’ve seen guys like Stephen Curry being an impact player at his height and play at that level, nobody ever dreamed of a MVP being a 6-foot point guard. I think that’s really helped in the whole process and breaking the stigma that point guards have to be at least 6-3. At the end of the day, if you can play you can play.”
McCabe isn’t trying to compare himself to Curry (“that’s why I am in the gym every day,” he jokes), but seeing his frame grow to 6-0 and 175 pounds has started to generate some scholarship interest. He sits with scholarship offers from DePaul, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Missouri and West Virginia. He adds that he’s hearing from multiple Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC schools, as well as Gonzaga, Notre Dame, and Stanford.
“My whole life an offer has been a really big goal of mine,” said McCabe. “When I did go down to Columbia, Missouri, I was extremely happy to get the opportunity to have a scholarship offer there. Going out to West Virginia for its elite camp, I knew they were extremely interested. It was a pretty fast-paced process and they showed a great deal of faith in me, just like the other four programs that offered. That means a lot to me.”
Rated an early three-star prospect in the 2018 class by Scout.com, McCabe continues to build a relationship with Wisconsin, a program he took an unofficial visit to last weekend for a football game. Being recruited by associate head coach Greg Gard for several years, McCabe has gone to the school’s elite camp the last two seasons.
“It’s been growing at a steady pace and I’m really happy where it’s going with everybody down there,” McCabe said of his relationships with UW. “The relationships I’ve built over the years with Coach Close, Coach Gard, Coach Paris and obviously Coach Ryan have been tremendous. Anytime I go down there for a visit you get a sense of the atmosphere that makes it hard not to love.”
With the uncertainty of when Wisconsin will go through a coaching transition, McCabe and the staff haven’t talked about a scholarship offer.
“It’s still early right now, so we’re going to continue doing what we’re doing,” said McCabe. “I’m excited about the process. As of right now, we try to stay away from talking about an offer unless it actually it goes to come true. Right now it’s strong interest. They said they need to iron out things in their program before they can move forward. They know where I stand and I know where they stand.”
This past summer was a vital one for McCabe in building his game. Playing on the talented Wisconsin Playground Warriors AAU program, McCabe’s biggest growth was in the areas of confidence and leadership.
“I think I proved to coaches that I could lead in a way that at the end of the day makes sure our team wins,” said McCabe. “That is the ultimate goal of a point guard, being an extension of the coach on the floor. I no longer really worry about the big plays or the highlight reels. I don’t take that into consideration as much as what can I do to help the team.”
Having an open invitation to visit Wisconsin whenever he likes, McCabe said he’s planning on taking unofficial visits to Missouri, Notre Dame, Purdue and West Virginia in October.