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David McCormack, the 6-foot-9 center from Oak Hill (VA) Academy, will announce on Sunday at 6 p.m., Oak Hill coach Steve Smith told ZAGSBLOG.
The Team Loaded Twitter account said he will announce live on Wavy News 10.
McCormack is down to Kansas, Xavier, Oklahoma State, and N.C. State, Smith said. He has visited everywhere but Oklahoma State. He is slated to take an official to Kansas next weekend, but it remains unclear if that will still happen.
“I don’t know if he’ll go past September, he’s getting kind of antsy and I think he likes a couple schools,” Smith said recently on The 4 Quarters Podcast.
As for his upside, Smith said, “He’s lost about 45 pounds. He was about 295 last year, he’s 255 now. He’s got a great body now, that has helped him tremendously. He’s more mobile now, he plays above the rim instead of below the rim. His shot has improved to 17 feet. He’s inside presence on both sides of the floor. He’s going to be a really, really good college player. I gotta give him credit because he lost weight but he’s the guy who changed his diet and lost the weight and it’ changed him into a much better player.”
When it comes to choosing a school, McCormack knows what he wants and what is important.
“Definitely the relationship with coaches, being able to play through mistakes, and develop my game,” he previously told Jacob Polacheck. “Conditioning and development is important, as well as my major. I want to major in communications or journalism because I want to go into sports broadcasting. History also plays into it, as far as being a good coach and how they develop their players.”
McCormack, who retruned to Oak Hill for his senior year, is already focused on the upcoming season. “I want to work on everything,” McCormack stated. “My method is once you attack your body, everything gets better, so if you attack your body and get better, you will have better moves and improve your game overall, defensively and offensively.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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.