BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Brandon McCoy wants to know the score, and he’s not just speaking about basketball.
The Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 7-foot center averaged 21.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game for Cathedral, which lost in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division championship game.
He had a solid first session this week with the Cal Supreme 17-under at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League’s opener, averaging 15 points and 7.3 rebounds in three games. He was the No. 9 player in the 2017 class going into the event and certainly didn’t hurt his cause here, showing off his agility, rebounding and a decent mid-range jumper.
Basketball isn’t his only passion, however. He wants to study marine biology and has taught himself to play everything from the piano to the marimba. Those interests will help him decide on a college.
“I plan on narrowing my list by the end of the summer,” McCoy said. “Arizona, UCLA, Cal, USC and Michigan State are working hard. Basically, I’m looking for a family oriented winning team and if they offer my major.
“Plus, I play five instruments and music is important to me. I like jazz and listening to jazz before a game helps me think.”
He’s one of two 7-foot post players for Cal Supreme with DeAndre Ayton, the No. 1 2017 player, holding down the other spot.
“It’s great,” McCoy said. “We grew up together, I’ve known him since the eighth grade and we used to play against each other. We know each other’s game, each other’s strengths and weaknesses and we play off of both.”
He has offers from almost all the Pac-12 schools and picked up an offer from Maryland on Saturday. McCoy said he’s still waiting to hear from Duke, North Carolina or Kentucky.
“If that had happened, I could tell somebody,” McCoy said. “Those are winning programs. I’m not saying if I got an offer from one of them, I would cut everyone else off, but I’m saying I would like to get an offer from them.”
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