One of the major events in the world of recruiting this past week was the Under Armour Summer Jam in Wisconsin. Rivals put together a review of several of the top performers from the Summer Jam, including notes on two of Kentucky’s targets, Shabazz Muhammad and Mitch McGary. The two faced off in the championship game of the tournament, with Muhammad having the bigger individual day by scoring 42 points while McGary had 25 and 11 and his SYF Players got the win over Muhammad’s Dream vision 72-67.
Here’s what Rivals had to say about McGary:
Mitch McGary, C/PF, SYF– What a total animal this guy played like on Friday. First, the five-star big man broke Texas PRO in the first half with his ill-tempered length-of-the-court drives and rebounding, and he was able to rest himself for the championship after racking up 14 points and 16 boards. Then, looking as fresh as he would if he was playing his first game of the summer, he went out and dominated the paint in SYF’s win over Dream Vision in the championship game. Bottom line, McGary is a competitor with a non-stop motor, great hands, great skill and even greater will.
And here’s the bit about Muhammad’s performance at the Summer Jam:
Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Dream Vision– Still working himself into shape after being on the shelf for about a month with tendinitis, the nation’s top-ranked player was incredible in the finals. He went for 42 and they came in every imaginable way. Deep jumpers off the catch, dunks in traffic or transition, stickbacks, free throws and drives to his right and left. Simply put, Muhammad played like a man possessed. Of those recruiting him, UCLA’s Ben Howland and UNLV’s Dave Rice hung in there until the bitter end while Kentucky was represented by assistant Orlando Antigua.