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David McCormack talks schools involved with his recruitment - Impresses at the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest

05/21/2017, 7:30pm CDT
By Pat Lawless

Class of 2018 Center David McCormack

Team Loaded (VA) center David McCormack had a strong performance at the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest. McCormack is one of the top players at his position in the class of 2018. A lot of this has to do with how he has expanded on his game.

“I definitely added more midrange to my game and I dropped some weight so I can guard some more stretch fours,” said McCormack. “I also have been working on ball screens so I can defend guards for a couple of possessions. I think that will advance my game.”

His recruitment has continued to blossom as he is now being recruited more nationally.

“My recruitment is starting to branch out to the west coast a bit,” McCormack said. “Southern California, Cal-Berkeley, UCLA and Gonzaga are now after me.”

One of his most recent offers came from the Duke Blue Devils. He is looking forward to learning more about their program.

“They are a great program with great history,” said McCormack. “I still have to develop more of a relationship with Coach K and the rest of the coaching staff before making any decisions.”

Another ACC school that is after McCormack is Virginia. They are looking to keep him in his home state.

“They are right in my backyard so I know if I were to play there I would have a lot of family support,” he said. “I know how they play and that they are fundamentally sound so they are something to look into.”

New Georgetown Head Coach Patrick Ewing has wasted no time in showing McCormack that he is a priority for them. Ewing has already reached out to him.

“They have, not too long ago I talked to Coach Ewing,” said McCormack. “We spoke on his plans as far as developing big men. I am looking to get back on their campus soon.”

The class of 2018 center spoke on Georgetown’s history with talented big men.

“It’s ‘Big Man U’, it’s definitely a great place for big men as Georgetown has a history with them, he said. “Most of them came through John Thompson’s time so I have to see if Coach Ewing is going to do the same thing or if this coaching staff is going to be different. I have to take a lot of things into consideration.”

He is starting to develop a better feel for the Kansas Jayhawks as Coach Bill Self and his staff have been recruiting him very hard since he received an offer.

“Kansas is a great program, Coach Bill Self is a great coach,” McCormack said. “He is really good at developing relationships. I haven’t gotten the chance to get out there on a visit yet. I heard campus life is great and I’m looking forward to learning more about them.”

McCormack visited Louisville in the spring. He has a very good idea of the main features of their program.

Rick Pitino is a legendary coach, his program is really good,” he said. “You see more overseas type big men with them, but that is somewhere I can go to because it will help my skill set so that’s just another great aspect with Louisville.”

McCormack isn’t sure exactly when he will cut down the list of schools recruiting him, but will start looking into that shortly.

“It’s up in the air with that right now, we aren’t sure what number we are trying to get to or when we are trying to do it,” McCormack said. “Hopefully soon and maybe mid to late summer I’ll cut it down.”

He has thought hard on what will be the deciding factors for his decision down the road.

“Some points are development, if they have what I want to major in and if they have a good program,” he said. “I’d rather have a family relationship rather than a business like relationship with the team and the coaches.”

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