Few have been more dominant so far this spring than Oak Hill’s 2018 five-star center David McCormack. He’s 6’10”, 275, and is currently averaging 19 points and 9 rebounds in the first two sessions of the Adidas Gauntlet while leading Team Loaded VA to an 8-0 start this season.
McCormack is currently the 4th ranked center in the country, according to ESPN. But I think it’s fair that we begin to challenge that. In my opinion the ideal center needs to come with a high motor, an intensity/attitude, athleticism, good hands, and versatility. He needs to be able to put fear in opposing teams whenever they enter the paint.
So while most teams are using a guard-centered offensive attack, it helps tremendously to have a big that makes them second guess themselves every time they drive. This is one thing that David McCormack brings to the table. He’s not just you’re typical big dude, he’s mean when he gets between the lines.
Playing hard has never been the issue with McCormack, it’s just been building his wind shape so that he can go hard for longer periods of time. And in the past two years he’s dropped over 30 pounds, allowing him to play more minutes, and the result is higher production, hence the 19 PPG and 9 RPG.
As far as versatility and athleticism, McCormack has come a long way. He’s got quick feet and is able to hedge high on pick & rolls, without letting guards turn the corner on him. On the offensive end of the floor he’s developed a mid-range face up game and feels comfortable pulling up from 15 feet.
While McCormack has come a long way, it seems that with his toughness combined with a great work ethic he’ll be able to reach new heights. It was to no surprise when Coach K and Duke extended the offer last month, which put him at a total of 27 offers. He also went on unofficial visits to Kentucky and Duke last month.
There’s no telling where McCormack may end up as he hasn’t trimmed down his list at all. He’s a high academic kid combined with great leadership and high character, so I believe McCormack is just scratching the surface.