Each year, there is, at least, one fresh face that demands attention be paid to him through unexpectedly good play in the AAU season. A player will seemingly come out of nowhere and vault to the front of his class. Some attribute this novelty to being a “late bloomer,” an improved work ethic, coming from an underreported community, fruits finally being born from the labor of hard work, or a late growth spurt. Two years ago, the player was Kyrie Irving. Anthony Davis was last year’s primary example. This year, Mitch McGary of Brewster Academy is on the short list of everybody’s favorite player in 2012. The Chesterton, Indiana native has transformed his body, his low-post game, and his commitment to academics to such a degree that he’s now capable of being recruited by all of the major college basketball powers.
McGary has become the poster child for the benefits of New England prep school basketball. It’s rustic locations, small college-quality facilities, low teacher-to-student ratios, high-caliber coaching, and the most talent-rich leagues in the country have caused players to gravitate to these New England powers from around the country.
These past four months, the social big man has enjoyed both individual success, including at the NBA 100 Camp and LeBron James Skills Academy, and, while playing for SYF AAU program, team success, including winning the recent NY2LA Summer Jam in suburban Milwaukee.
Recently, Mitch received new offers, including one from Duke University. He spoke again with Blue Devil Nation about a variety of topics, including the influence of sneaker companies, his metamorphosis at Brewster from vocally supportive sixth man to being one of the most sought after recruits in the country, and whether he’s looking for more of a buddy or an adult figure in his college head coach.
How do you feel your summer’s going?
It’s going good. I’m honored to be here and all of the other camps, like the Amar’e camp. I feel like I’m going against the best of the best between here and the NBA Top 100 camp, so it’s been good so far.
Can you talk about going from being a Big Ten prospect…highly regarded, but maybe not on this level…to being considered arguably the most dominant big guy in your class? You’re sort of in the middle of it, but what’s going through your mind about that right now
It’s been pretty cool. I mean, my overall improvement on and off the court, making me more mature and responsible, I think the transition to Brewster. It’s been 100% percent improvement.
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