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Basketball Recruiting

Five-star sophomore Mackenzie Mgbako talks recruitment

February 28, 2021

I’ve discussed the talent level in the state of New Jersey over the past few months. Whether it be the underclassmen or the seniors departing, the state is loaded with talent and they’ve even got one of America’s top-rated sophomores hailing at Gill St. Bernards. 

His name is Mackenzie Mgbako.

The 6-foot-7 wing has major upside and recently put up his career-high in scoring last week which was 31-points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds in that game. Mgbako is a double-double threat every time he touches the floor. A perimeter threat, Mgbako has a fluid shot from behind the arc and with his great versatility, teams also have to be aware of his skill in the paint as well.

Mgbako has been the truth since he competed at national camps since he was a middle-schooler. It didn’t take long before high-major programs took notice and it would be with the NY Lightning in 2019 where Mgbako saw himself begin to blow up.

As the spring approaches, college coaches have nearly three months until they’re able to contact 2023 prospects and I fully expect Mgbako to have his phone fully charged on June 15th as plenty of programs have already entered the mix and will continue to do so prior to the contact period.

The talented New Jersey prospect took the time out of his busy workout schedule and season to talk about his recruitment, his game, and more with

Which schools are heavily involved?

“No schools are really heavily involved right now due to the COVID-19 situation, but, I have heard from Auburn, Georgetown, and UCLA as of recent.”

Any newer programs to enter the mix?

“New school that has been in contact with me is Duke.”

What would it be like to stay home and play for Rutgers?

“Rutgers is very close to home and it was one of my first scholarship offers. Also, one of Gill’s alumni Paul Mulcahy is playing there right now as well so I think it’s a great school and program.”

Out West, your thoughts on UCLA and thoughts on the style of play?

“UCLA is a great school. I enjoy the conversation I had with the coach and how they run the ball up and down the floor. They play very aggressively and let their players move freely, they’re definitely a school I’ll be watching.”

How about Georgetown? They’ve been on you heavy for quite some time.

“Georgetown is an amazing program and very well family-oriented. Had an amazing conversation with Patrick Ewing. It’s always a great addition to have an NBA player as a coach and give you tips on how to make your game better.”

How would you best describe your game?

“I would describe my game as a versatile wing that is able to impact the game on all three levels. Defensively and offensively I try to make my presence known. I try to replicate some of my game from Jayson Tatum and how he creates shots for himself and teammates.”

How’s your season and what areas did your game improve?

“First game went well. I finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists but in the second game sadly I was injured and wasn’t cleared for the remainder of the season. But, right now I’m resting for the AAU season.”

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