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Thursday / June 29.
  • Brandon McCoy Talks Top Five, Timetable

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    NEW YORK – Brandon McCoy, the 6-foot-11 power forward from Cathedral Catholic (CA) High School, came up on the losing end in Friday night’s Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center, but played well in defeat.

    McCoy went for 15 points and 13 rebounds as the East lost to the West, 124-116.

    Looking ahead, he plans to decide on a college in the coming weeks.

    “For sure, I’m going to make my decision by the end of this month,” he told ZAGSBLOG. “But right now I’m just cherishing these moments with these guys here.”

    McCoy is considering San Diego State, UNLV, Oregon, Michigan State, and Arizona and broke down his thoughts on all five after the game.

    San Diego State: “They just got a new coach [Brian Dutcher] and I’ve been playing with the team in open gyms a lot and I’ve really enjoyed playing with those kids.”

    Michigan State: “Great program, coach [Tom] Izzo is a Hall of Fame coach and Miles Bridges is staying so everybody’s been haggling me about staying with him and winning a national championship along with Jaren Jackson. It is really big possibility. Miles is a great player, Jaren’s a great player and they’re going to have a lot of players coming back that are really good so maybe I can do something to contribute to winning a national championship for Lansing.”

    Arizona: “My boy ‘D’ [DeAndre Ayton] going there and that’s my bro. We played together in the EYBL and coach [Sean] Miller and them been recruiting me since the eighth grade so that’s one thing about that.”

    Oregon: “Coach [Dana] Altman made it to the first Final Four in 78 years to that’s pretty epic. My brother [Dwayne Benjamin] went there and they’re producing a lot of good players, Tyler Dorsey, Jordan Bell. The development is there.”

    UNLV: “Coach Marvin Menzies is a great dude, a great coach. He produces some NBA players. That’s what nobody really knows about it, but he did produce some NBA players and it’s becoming a program. If I go there maybe I can bring them back to the real Runnin’ Rebels, back in the ’90s when they were the No. 1 team in the nation.”

    As for a timetable, he added, “For sure by the end of April.”

     

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.