After playing over the summer with painful bone spurs in his foot, Anthony McClain has been in a cast for the past month. Coaches are still coming to National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Md., to visit with McClain after being convinced of his abilities over the summer.
Connecticut is visiting with McClain, a 6-foot-11, 220-pound center and the No. 43 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, today. Jamie Dixon of Pittsburgh and Mick Cronin of Cincinnati are expected in next week.
According to National Christian head coach Trevor Brown, McClain likes five schools and will likely sign late.
"Anthony likes Connecticut, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Charlotte and Maryland," said Brown. "I've know Coach Cronin for a long time, so we are going to visit with him. But I don't know that Anthony likes them."
Although McClain has a number of options at the moment, he might stretch out his recruitment past the early signing period in November.
"There are a lot of schools that want Anthony to sign now," said Brown. "There are also schools that he is very interested in that want him to wait because they do not have any scholarships right now. Anthony will take his visits later. He doesn't have any scheduled for this fall."
Connecticut is a school in this position with all thirteen of its scholarship spread out between freshmen and sophomores. However, Hasheem Thabeet, along with several others on the Connecticut roster, is a candidate for entering the 2007 NBA draft.
Anthony McClain scouting report:
A formidable presence inside with his length, McClain is difficult to score over. He is also tough on the defensive glass. Also works hard on offense, but is a work in progress on that end of the court. He has yet to develop a go to move as his defense is quite a ways ahead of his offense.