According to a report from Scout.com’s Josh Gershon, UNLV will be hosting Class of 2017 prospect Brandon McCoy on an official visit this weekend.
McCoy’s AAU coach, Gary Franklin, confirmed the visit to RunRebs.com.
McCoy, a 7-foot post player from San Diego, is rated as the nation’s No. 9 high school senior by Rivals.com. He’s also reportedly set to take official visits to Oregon on Nov. 11 and Michigan State on Nov. 18. He has already visited Arizona.
McCoy averaged 21.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game last year as a junior at Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.), then posted an impressive line of 17.7 points and 9.2 rebounds this summer in Nike EYBL play for his Cal Supreme AAU squad.
UNLV’s courtship of McCoy fits in with what we know about the Rebels’ recruiting strategy under new coach Marvin Menzies. The staff is attempting to make major inroads in southern California, and UNLV has already offered two of McCoy’s Cal Supreme teammates in 2017 point guard Brandon Williams and 2017 shooting guard Cassius Stanley (both are ranked in the top 25 by Rivals).
“I have a great relationship with Marvin Menzies,” Franklin said. “He’s a native of this area and he’s been around, and he’s obviously done a great job in terms of keeping up the relationships with his roots. He did a great job at New Mexico State and I was really happy for him when he got the [UNLV] job.”
In addition to a being a dominant post presence, McCoy seems like an interesting dude. He told USA Today that he plays five musical instruments and would like to learn more, and that he plans to study marine biology.
“His personality is great,” Franklin said. “He can keep everyone laughing by cracking jokes, and he’ll rap a little bit and freestyle. He’s definitely got some charisma and he’s a really fun kid to be around.”
Still, even with his varied interests, the main story here is his ability on the court. McCoy is a legit banger under the basket and would bring an offensive presence at the college level. Franklin pointed to McCoy’s improvement as a passer as evidence of his overall growth and maturity as a player.
You can take a look at his highlights below: