MWC Wire Top 25 Basketball Countdown: #4 - Brandon McCoy

MWC Wire Top 25 Basketball Countdown: #4 - Brandon McCoy

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MWC Wire Top 25 Basketball Countdown: #4 - Brandon McCoy


McCoy, The Highest-Rated Freshman On The List, Will Help The Rebels Rebound From The 2016-17 Season

McCoy is a consensus five-star that picked UNLV over some of the nation’s true blue bloods 

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An immediate starter, look for McCoy to run away with the newcomer award this season

UNLV freshman center Brandon McCoy is #4 in the MWC Wire Basketball Countdown.

McCoy chose to attend UNLV in the spring over Michigan State, Arizona, Oregon, San Diego State, Kansas, and a number of other programs. He’s a consensus five-star recruit that is the top-rated player in UNLV’s top 20 recruiting class.

McCoy is a McDonald’s All-American and was selected to represent the United States in the U-19 games over the summer. He did far more than show up, displaying his abilities on both ends of the court, and was one of the most efficient players in the entire tournament. McCoy won’t see another McDonald’s All-American or former U-19 player in conference play, so he will always be the most talented player on the floor.

Don’t expect McCoy to put up monster numbers his freshman season. Hoping for anything more than a slash line of about 12.0/7.5/1.5 might be a bit unrealistic. Fellow front court member Shakur Juiston (#18 in the countdown) will likely gather the majority of UNLV rebounds, and either Jovan Mooring (#15) or Jordan Johnson (#16) will lead the Rebs in scoring. If McCoy can be efficient on both ends of the floor while not having to be the go-to guy for the UNLV offense, the Rebels should be in good shape. But if McCoy is the only player scoring the basketball for this squad, it could be another rocky season in Vegas. UNLV’s supporting cast must step up.


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