Brandon McCoy represented the United States in the FIBA U19 World Cup last week. He was one of two centers on the American roster and posted an impressive stat line of 11 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in just 16.8 minutes per game.
While the Americans were disappointed to bring home just the bronze, McCoy flashed some high-level play that could lead to a big season in Las Vegas
5) Steal starts a fast break
The Americans were trying to run every team out of the gym. So as soon as the ball changed hands everyone was sprinting up the floor. McCoy snags an errant pass along the sideline and starts the break. His effort to get down the floor leads to an easy tip in.
4) Finish off the pick and roll
This play isn’t particularly flashy, but it was one of the few times the United States used McCoy in the pick and roll. He receives and good pocket pass from his teammate and then takes it to the rim. His ability to get so deep in the paint before finishing is a good sign for a big man coming off a ball screen. Plus you get a look at his rim protection skills on the other end.
3) Spin through the lane
This was McCoy’s most agile play of the tournament. He had run down a loose ball and then managed to squeeze himself through multiple defenders. At 6-foot-11 and 245 pounds he’ll be relying more on strength than agility to get quality looks, but that spin move will frustrate defenders.
2) Off-hand block
Even with the replay, this spectacular play is hard to see. McCoy actually blocks this shot with his off hand. The driving guard tried to switch hands and use the rim to get a clean look, but McCoy just reached his other hand up and swatted the ball away.
1) Block leads to dunk
McCoy showcased his impact on both sides of the floor. He denies an Iranian fast break with an easy rejection at the rim. After a slight stumble, McCoy comes running down the middle of the floor undetected. He catches the pass and makes no doubt about the finish at the rim.