When Mitch McGary made the decision to leave his Indiana home, reclassify to the class of 2012 and attend prep school, his future head coach Jason Smith was pretty sure he was getting a good player. So far, during his stay at Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy, the 6-foot-10 center has exceeded Smith's expectations on and off the floor.
"Mitch has been phenomenal," Smith told Rivals.com. "He's got a big-time motor, he plays extremely hard. He's coachable and a lot more skilled than I anticipated. He's able to step out and make threes. He comes off the bench for us and for somebody as talented as him he's never complained."
Playing for a loaded prep school team that is yet to lose a game this year, McGary has been able to stand out while blending in. Some heavy hitters are taking notice too.
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Duke, Maryland, Arizona, Texas, Indiana, Purdue, North Carolina and several others have either stopped by or called to check in on the 2012 Rivals150 member.
"I think out of all of our guys, he has as much upside as anybody we have," said Smith. "I think three years from now he's going to be somebody that everybody knows about.
"To his credit he's embraced being able to go inside and bang. What makes him so special is that he can step out and make shots from the perimeter."
After his junior year at Brewster, McGary will run the grassroots circuit with Wayne Brumm's SYF Players group. There's yet to be any kind of timetable set for the big man to choose a college.
"I think he's wide open," Smith said. "I wouldn't imagine him even formulating any sort of list until late spring. Not until he's able to go home and talk to his family and his AAU coach."