Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
2018 Oak Hill Center David McCormack Says Several Schools Working Hard
UNION, N.J. — David McCormack, the No. 2-ranked center in the Class of 2018 according to 247Sports.com, says several schools are working hardest to recruit him.
“A lot of schools are coming after me,” McCormack, who transferred to Oak Hill from Norfolk (Va.) Academy last fall, said after Oak Hill fell to St. Benedict’s Prep, 59-47, in the Metro Classic at Kean University. “I’m talking to Virginia Tech, Kansas, Louisville, a lot of schools are just jumping in.”
Virginia Tech assistant Christian Webster sat courtside for the game.
The 6-foot-10, 275-pound McCormack has visited North Carolina and Georgia Tech, among others, but hasn’t taken any visits recently. He hopes to after the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals, which runs March 30-April 1 in New York City.
“Hopefully when there’s some free time or some down time after the season, I’ll get some visits in,” McCormack said.
He broke down the three aforementioned schools:
Virginia Tech: “Coach Buzz [Williams] is a very intense coach, but he knows relationship-wise. I keep in touch with him. I guess you could see him as a family member, he’s one of those good people that you want to be around and get better.”
Kansas: “Coach [Jerrance] Howard is the coach that I talk to, and coach Bill Self definitely knows how to coach. He definitely knows how to coach. Unfortunately, I would definitely like to see Udoka play more but because of his injury he had to sit out for a while. But hopefully I can see how he develops in the future and how that can be something for me to look into.”
Lousiville: “Coach [Rick] Pitino is a legendary coach. He does a lot of things well. The way they’ve been deevloping their bigs. They have more of a skilled asset, rather than a powerful asset. They like to involved their bigs, be able to shoot, dribble and all of the above, that way they’re an all-around dominant player.”
Considering he’s a Virginia native, Virginia Tech may have an edge with his family because of location.
“My family wants to know about location,” he said. “They would love to have me close to home but whatever’s the best opportunity for me, that’s where I need to go. Also development of bigs, how many touches they have, how well they’re playing, also the relationship the coaches have with each player.
“I don’t want it to be a business-type relationship, but it can be a family-type relationship is the place I need to be.”
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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 and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, 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.