San Diego State is trying to round out its 2017 recruiting class with five-star center Brandon McCoy. The Aztecs recruitment of McCoy had been real quiet up until November when McCoy published his final five and the hometown school made the cut. With McCoy set to make a decision for the spring signing period, the Aztecs are expected to make a big push for him.
McCoy would be a monumental addition if he were to choose San Diego State. First he would be the highest ranked player to ever sign with the Aztecs. Secondly he would fill an immediate hole and almost certainly be a starter from day one. Finally he could be the first McDonald’s All-American to sign out of high school with the Aztecs and the first one and done for San Diego State.
Yesterday I made my way to get my first live look at McCoy, as his Cathedral Catholic squad took on Orange Lutheran in the opening round of the Under Armour Holiday Classic. Cathedral would eventually fall to Orange Lutheran 64-57, but McCoy had a big day.
Let me start by saying that at about 7 feet tall, McCoy is a beast that dominates the paint on both ends of the floor. On the defensive end he is a presence down low and yesterday Orange Lutheran rarely ventured into the paint. McCoy has the ability to alter and block shots at a high level. Offensively he is aggressive in the post and is able to quickly assess whether to take it to the basket or whether he should take a short jumper. He is also a good offensive rebounder who follows his shot for put back opportunities. Even though he was double-teamed nearly the entire game, he still found a way to score inside.
One thing that surprised me was McCoy’s range. Yesterday he went 3-3 on his three-point attempts. He also displayed a nice midrange jumper with a soft touch. Most big men have shots that take hard bounces off the rim, but when McCoy missed his ball did not bounce off wildly.
He is as dominant as you would expect a top ten player to be. McCoy was clearly the most superior player on the floor and made an impact on both ends of the court. With all that being said he does have some areas that he needs to work on, specifically his speed.
While McCoy may be an elite prospect he is a bit slow, which is typical of big men. As I watched him I noticed that he got up and down the court quite slowly and never really joined his team for transition opportunities. Also in one instance the man that he was guarding blew by him on the way to the hoop, which surprised me. At the college level this will definitely be an issue that could be exposed if he is asked to switch on pick and rolls. This is not an extreme worry for a big man like McCoy, but speed is not a strength of his.
Landing McCoy will be a difficult task as Oregon is still considered the leader with Michigan State closely nipping at their heels. McCoy still has one official visit left and is considering taking it to San Diego State, but is also open to visiting Southern California or UCLA. A decision is reportedly not near, however it is known that McCoy will sign in the spring signing period with a school. Currently our Commitment Probability Index has the Aztecs chances of landing McCoy at 10%. Landing him seems unlikely, but his impact for San Diego State would be huge.
McCoy’s Stats versus Orange Lutheran:
Shooting Percentage: 58.8%
3-Point Percentage: 100.0%
Free Throw Percentage: 50.0%