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Friday / April 19.
  • Kansas lands Oak Hill Academy center David McCormack

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    David McCormack, the 6-foot-10 center from Oak Hill (VA) Academy and Team Loaded, committed to Kansas on Sunday evening.

    McCormack also considered Xavier, Oklahoma State, and N.C. State. He visited Kansas unofficially and is slated to take an official to Kansas next weekend.

    “He’s lost about 45 pounds,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith told The 4 Quarters Podcast recently. “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.”

    McCormack joins IMG Academy (FL) forward Silvio de Sousa in Kansas’ 2018 recruiting class, giving coach Bill Self two strong incoming pieces on the front line.

    When it comes to choosing a school, McCormack knew what he wanted.

    “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 returned 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.