For a few years, Texas was a place that high-level players could go unnoticed for a while. That time has passed and the state is now getting deserved recognition for pumping out loads of talent, making it more difficult for prospects to slip through.
Matthew McQuaid certainly didn't go unnoticed.
A rising junior at Duncanville (Texas) High, McQuaid is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who has been tremendous with Team Texas Elite during the Elite Youth Basketball League. With him, what you see is what you get.
"I'm a big-time shooter," McQuaid told Rivals.com. "I like to shoot but when I have to put it on the floor I will. I'm starting to play better above the rim. I'm starting to dunk a lot more."
Make no mistake, McQuaid's pure jump-shooting and deep range have turned him into a player who will receive heavy four-star consideration when the 2015 rankings are expanded in June.
Some shooters don't want to be labeled as just shooters, especially athletes such as McQuaid. But, he's good with being known as a shooter and knows that it opens up other aspects of his game.
"Especially when I'm shooting really well," said McQuaid when asked if his long range opens the floor. "I can get guys up in the air and then just go right by them."
So far, San Francisco and Boise State are the first programs to offer. McQuaid feels that Alabama is close to an offer while Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas have begun to monitor him. He's not far in the process, but he is starting to get an idea of what he'll be looking for.
"Academics are important and I want to stay kind of close to home," said McQuaid. "If it's somewhere I really want to go, I'll go away.
"I like an offense where everybody is sharing the ball, everybody is touching the ball and probably somewhere that I'm coming off of screens."
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