NBA Top 100 Camp Q & A: Mitch McGary

  • 06/17/2011 2:11 pm in

The NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp kicked off on Thursday at the University of Virginia and four of Indiana’s class of 2012 commitments — Hanner Perea, Jeremy Hollowell, Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell and Ron Patterson — are participating. Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris and Brewster Academy’s Mitch McGary are also in attendance.

Greg Rosenstein, former men’s basketball beat writer for The Indiana Daily Student and currently of USA Today, had a chance to catch up with all six prospects in a set of interviews that will appear on Inside the Hall.

Rosenstein caught up with McGary on Thursday:

When do you think you will be making a decision?

Probably this fall, I’ll make a decision before the season starts.

Do you plan on taking the five official visits that are allowed?

Yes. I haven’t decided where yet, but hopefully soon.

Will there be any unofficial visits you take after this camp?

I’m not sure at the moment. I have to look at the schedule, but I’m not sure.

How do you feel about all of the attention? Are you comfortable with all of these microphones in your face?

I feel kind of like a celebrity. It’s a lot of pressure. Any kid that has cameras and microphones stuck in his face is under a lot of pressure. I can handle it, but I was always the biggest star in my home town so I got a feel of it. But now I’m not just a big fish in a little pond anymore. I’m just trying to go out there and play with everybody else. It’s still a lot of pressure.

What part of the game do you need to work on the most?

Probably mental attitude. Sometimes if I make a bad decision, I’ll put my head down. I just need to move past it and make the next play.

You just recently visited Maryland and have other ACC schools recruiting you. Can you elaborate on that?

Duke and North Carolina are actually coming at me hard. Miami used to be, but not as much anymore. Duke and Coach Wojo have been talking to me and so has Coach Robinson at North Carolina. They call me a lot. I might take an unofficial to those schools but I’m not sure yet.

Who else have you talked with recently?

I’ve talked to Coach Calhoun from UCONN, Coach Turgeon from Maryland, Buzz Williams at Marquette and Coach Self at Kansas.

Have you spoken with Indiana recently and where do they stand in your recruitment?

They really haven’t talked to me lately. I wouldn’t want to say they fell off the map, but they haven’t called or anything, so I don’t really know.

Are you disappointed that they haven’t been in contact?

It would have been cool to go home and I guess be a hometown hero. I’d be able to play with people I know that already committed.

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

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  • Anonymous

    They are both very good.  It is hard to choose between the two, which drives me crazy.  I don’t like that we are in a situation, due to spots, where we have to choose which of the two better players from our state we can take on.  There should be room for both!

  • Anonymous

    They are both very good.  It is hard to choose between the two, which drives me crazy.  I don’t like that we are in a situation, due to spots, where we have to choose which of the two better players from our state we can take on.  There should be room for both!

  • Anonymous

    They are both very good.  It is hard to choose between the two, which drives me crazy.  I don’t like that we are in a situation, due to spots, where we have to choose which of the two better players from our state we can take on.  There should be room for both!

  • Anonymous

    They are both very good.  It is hard to choose between the two, which drives me crazy.  I don’t like that we are in a situation, due to spots, where we have to choose which of the two better players from our state we can take on.  There should be room for both!

  • Anonymous

    They are both very good.  It is hard to choose between the two, which drives me crazy.  I don’t like that we are in a situation, due to spots, where we have to choose which of the two better players from our state we can take on.  There should be room for both!

  • Anonymous

    They are both very good.  It is hard to choose between the two, which drives me crazy.  I don’t like that we are in a situation, due to spots, where we have to choose which of the two better players from our state we can take on.  There should be room for both!

  • Anonymous

    Normally I get ripped for similar comments but I largely agree with you.  That is not to say I don’t appreciate the players we have and have recruited because they are very good. It pains me we don’t have space for one of the best big men in the country for his class that is from our state.

    I disagree with some others that say McGary isn’t interested.  Just reading from his comments I think he would be.  Its not my IU colored glasses either but I think he would be sincerely interested.

  • Anonymous

    Normally I get ripped for similar comments but I largely agree with you.  That is not to say I don’t appreciate the players we have and have recruited because they are very good. It pains me we don’t have space for one of the best big men in the country for his class that is from our state.

    I disagree with some others that say McGary isn’t interested.  Just reading from his comments I think he would be.  Its not my IU colored glasses either but I think he would be sincerely interested.

  • Gustin

    At this weekend’s camp, it was mentioned he averaged about five blocks per game.  Seems like he performed well on the D end in the paint.  One could also assume he could make opposing players “think” when attacking the lane.  No a disagreement just a thought!

  • Gustin

    At this weekend’s camp, it was mentioned he averaged about five blocks per game.  Seems like he performed well on the D end in the paint.  One could also assume he could make opposing players “think” when attacking the lane.  No a disagreement just a thought!

  • Anonymous

    I just like the idea of having Zeller, Perea, and McGary down low on defense at the same time.  Good luck to the opposing teams trying to get a shot off in the paint.  Also Zeller and McGary are both known to run very well.

    I don’t see how he will hurt this team.

  • Anonymous

    I just like the idea of having Zeller, Perea, and McGary down low on defense at the same time.  Good luck to the opposing teams trying to get a shot off in the paint.  Also Zeller and McGary are both known to run very well.

    I don’t see how he will hurt this team.

  • Anonymous

    My understanding is that GH brings scoring more than anything.  I think our backcourt as it currently is would be sufficient enough to score points if a player like McGary was added to bulk up the front court.   Yogi, Patterson, Hulls, Etherington, Olidipo, and maybe even Creek, etc should produce enough offensive firepower with a stronger inside out game.

    McGary would help take additional pressure off of Zeller.  Defensively
    I’d have to think McGary with his low post presence creates a better
    impact.  McGary also should have more of an impact with rotations too. 
    We’d be able to switch in and out big men so there is always someone on
    the court.  

  • Anonymous

    Oddly I think that Peter Jurkin will be the most important player in the 2012 class for Indiana. He will be at IU for 5 years, He will develop into the dominant college 7′ player by the end of his 5th year. He will pave the way for “Bigs” to go to IU and to Coach Crean the way that wings do now because of “D” Wade. Don’t wake me right now this is a pleasant dream!

  • Anonymous

    Oddly I think that Peter Jurkin will be the most important player in the 2012 class for Indiana. He will be at IU for 5 years, He will develop into the dominant college 7′ player by the end of his 5th year. He will pave the way for “Bigs” to go to IU and to Coach Crean the way that wings do now because of “D” Wade. Don’t wake me right now this is a pleasant dream!

  • Anonymous

    Oddly I think that Peter Jurkin will be the most important player in the 2012 class for Indiana. He will be at IU for 5 years, He will develop into the dominant college 7′ player by the end of his 5th year. He will pave the way for “Bigs” to go to IU and to Coach Crean the way that wings do now because of “D” Wade. Don’t wake me right now this is a pleasant dream!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Yeah, he has ZERO Ben Allen in him KB!  It would be tough for him to be a second or third option cause the dude can flat out score!  I’ve been on McGary from the beginning and still think he would be a Harengody type player at IU!!!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Wise thinking Loop.  If he can stay healthy he could develop into a JJ type player (man I hate using PUke players as positive examples – hey, how’s Brian Cardinal’s NBA career going (there that feels better)).  If he was that kind of four year player then you could really see the guys around him improving as well because he would open things up in the middle so much!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Wise thinking Loop.  If he can stay healthy he could develop into a JJ type player (man I hate using PUke players as positive examples – hey, how’s Brian Cardinal’s NBA career going (there that feels better)).  If he was that kind of four year player then you could really see the guys around him improving as well because he would open things up in the middle so much!

  • Anonymous

    I am just thinking out loud here, and I will probably be ripped for it. But could it be that Crean is building a program to run a different kind of game than we as “Indiana Basketball” fans are used to seeing. Maybe McGary at 6’10” 220-whatever, does not run the floor well enough for what Crean has in store. Do you all truly think so little of coach that he doesn’t know what he is doing. This is the reason that Cody is such a great fit. He is 6’10” and RUNS THE FLOOR. Admittedly, I have never seen McGary play and don’t necessarily know how well he runs the floor. However, I don’t ever remember him having a big man like McGary or Hammons at Marquette. I know this is a different place than MU however let’s relax a little and show a little trust.

    I could be naive but I’ll take my chances.

  • jgongora86

    Duke and UNC  are recruiting him hard.  Under Duke’s and UNC’s system he would have to run up and down the floor pretty well.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Ace.

  • Clay

    Would love to have him with Zeller down low. It pretty much be a right and left handed 7 footers that run the floor good. Both excellent players and could really open the floor up for the guards that we already have and have coming in. It be a big loss if he doesnt come to IU.

  • Clay

    Would love to have him with Zeller down low. It pretty much be a right and left handed 7 footers that run the floor good. Both excellent players and could really open the floor up for the guards that we already have and have coming in. It be a big loss if he doesnt come to IU.