David McCormack, 247 Sports’ No. 1 center in the class of 2018, is an old-school bruiser big, standing at 6-10 and weighing 260 lbs.
The size alone is enough to draw your interest. He averaged 10.6 points and 8.6 rebounds for Oak Hill last year, and also shed about 40 lbs, according to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
With the change in size, McCormack has also evolved his game to be more about technique and less about raw strength. That, and continuing to work hard is why John Calipari likes what he sees from the big man.
“He (Calipari) talks about other bigs in my class, and me being an old-fashioned, big-bruiser big, but at the same time developing my game,” said McCormack. “I’ve always said I was coachable. And I love to fight. That’s what he says that he likes about me. That it’s a rare commodity.”
McCormack has over 30 scholarship offers, including Kansas, Maryland, Florida State, Louisville and Oklahoma State, but he’s yet to receive one from Calipari (Cal hasn’t offered any true centers yet). Roberts adds that McCormack will cut his list after the summer basketball circuit.
This will be an interesting recruitment to watch with UK fading for several big men in the Class of 2018. Marvin Bagley III appears to be trending towards USC or Duke, while Bol Bol also is considering the Trojans and staying on the West Coast.
Those have been long viewed as UK’s top two big man targets in 2018, so if they both go elsewhere, that could cause McCormack to shoot up Calipari’s big board.
You can read the rest of Roberts’ story here, where he talks about who could be leading McCormack’s recruitment and more.