ESPN basketball analyst Adam Finkelstein checks in today on his recruiting blog with highly-touted Brewster Academy big man Mitch McGary, who recently ignited some spark in the recruiting world when he took an unofficial visit to UConn last month and received a scholarship offer to take either this fall or next.
The offer isn't unlike the one the Huskies gave to Shabazz Napier, who ended up enrolling in Storrs in 2010 rather than this upcoming fall, and transferred out of Lawrence Academy back to his hometown Charlestown High to get his diploma. Nonetheless McGary -- who repeated his junior year upon transferring into the Wolfeboro, N.H. campus last fall -- is staying firm in the Class of 2012.
Finkelstein also notes on the impact that McGary's recruitment could have on Jim Calhoun's future. He writes:
"Coach [Wayne] Brumm (SYF Players) said his phone was blowing up," McGary recalled. "I said my bad. I'm definitely staying in the Class of 2012."
Because of the media blitz caused by the early offer, what was lost in the shuffle was the fact that McGary had a very good visit to the defending national champions.
"It was good," he said. "I like coach [Jim] Calhoun a lot."
But like Omar Calhoun (Brooklyn, N.Y./Christ the King) before him, and plenty of other Husky recruits along the way, McGary says that Calhoun's future will be a key factor in UConn's chances of landing a commitment from him.
"He says he's going to be around but who knows," McGary said.
McGary isn't the only blue chip big man the Huskies are involved with in the Class of 2012. They are also presumed to be one of the leaders for Andre Drummond (Middletown, Conn./St. Thomas More), the top ranked prospect in the ESPNU 100, and the potential for a Drummond/McGary frontline may be just enough to keep Calhoun in Storrs for a few more years.
"A lot of people talk about it," McGary said of the possibility of him and Drummond playing side by side. "But I've never talked to him like that. I don't know him that well."