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Basketball Recruiting

Five-star junior Jared McCain discusses upcoming visit spree

September 3, 2021

Jared McCain is a winner.

To cap off, a long year, dealing with COVID-19, late start to the season, etc, McCain along with everyone else, had a lot of adversity to overcome. He did just that. The 6-foot-2 guard out of Corona, CA, had one of the more successful two-month spans in basketball.

He won the CIF championship with Centennial and just two months later, the buzzer in Augusta rung up, making him a Peach Jam champion as well. So, in a matter of two months, he was not only a champion in his high school’s title race, but he also won arguably the most loaded high school basketball tournament there is.

Don’t get it twisted, McCain is a lethal prospect. The word sniper would best describe his ability to shoot the three-ball, and even at Peach Jam, McCain always feels as if he could improve his shooting ability. But he’s more than just a shooter, as he impacts the game in so many ways and it’s exactly why he will leap recruiting rankings all year round.

McCain has so much skill but combines it with high basketball IQ. Has great court vision, can get his teammates involved and make them more successful, overall, he does all of the important things you want out of your floor general.

His recruitment took off, obviously, since he was able to reel in two titles in two months and showcase his elite skill at the guard spot. McCain has several visits coming up, including trips to LMU and Louisville, both of which are in the next two weeks.

With that being said, caught up with McCain to discuss his recruitment.

Which schools are heavily involved?

“Really everyone who offered is heavily involved at the moment. Louisville, LMU, Texas Tech, Washington, Gonzaga, Virginia, USC, Kansas, Stanford, and Houston.”

Any new schools?

“And Virginia and Gonzaga have heavily involved just no offer.”

LMU, what is the relationship like with them?

“They are super cool and when they first offered me on June 15th, they were very high on my game and believe in me. I’m going to visit them this weekend unofficially and meet the staff.”

Louisville, you have an official visit their coming up, what is the pitch?

“They just are very impressed with my game. And have been talking to me for a while so they have watched me progress, so it’s cool to me that they know how much I have progressed in my game. I love how multiple of there staff have reached out and started building relationships with me for a while.”

How about your interest from Gonzaga, what have they been saying?

“Gonzaga is very high on how they are a family environment which I love. The coach sends me film on how I can benefit from there offense and how it will fit me and my game. So it’s cool to see they are seeing me in there system.”

Thoughts on the Pro Route, would you hear them out or the focus is school?

“I’m open to anything in regards to my future. But as of right now I’m focused on going to school.”

Where do you want to improve? What aspects of your game are you working on?

“Going into Peach I wanted to be more of a vocal leader on the court. And I felt I did well, working on leading a team no matter the circumstances. Always working on finishing, especially floaters because at the next level I might be able to go all the way to the basket. But just trying to shoot more consistent as well. I have big goals for myself this year so cleaning up everything is apart of the process.”

Thoughts on NIL? You’ve got quite the following, you must be excited.

“Definitely excited about it and look forward to making money and getting deals from brands I support and been using since I was a kid. So I’m really excited for my future about the NIL.”

Any idea on a list cut?

“Right now I’m just taking everything in and having fun with the process I’m not really thinking about cutting my list yet.”

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