Virginia battling Duke, other ACC programs for coveted big David McCormack

One of the players attracting the most attention at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp at Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena this week is Oak Hill Academy big man David McCormack.

The No. 46 player in the class of 2018 according to 247Sports, he’s stepping out of the shadow of Kansas’ incoming freshman Billy Preston after the two played in the same front court this past season. On the spring and summer circuit, McCormack has impressed and overpowered players with his 6-10, 265-pound frame.

Wednesday, during the first day of games at the Top 100, McCormack averaged 10.5 points and 10 rebounds and attracted plenty of attention from media hoping to find out where he’s leaning in terms of a college choice.

It turns out his list of scholarship offers has been growing over the past couple months and he’s not in any hurry to cut any schools out of the mix at this point.

“I haven’t trimmed my list at all,” McCormack said. “I’m still open to all recruitment and talking to all coaches and trying to build the best relationships I can.”

Programs such as Kansas, Georgetown and Maryland are in hot pursuit, but they will have to beat out a host of ACC programs pushing hard for the Norfolk, Va, product.

Duke has been involved with McCormack for quite a while and he plans to take an unofficial visit to Durham after the Top 100 Camp ends. This week also marks his second visit to Charlottesville in the past three weeks after recently taking an unofficial visit to UVa.

“UVa is a great program,” McCormack said. “They have great fundamentals and defensive first. That’s just a lot of things I need to work on. I know Coach (Tony) Bennett works a lot of ball screens, those things their bigs do and I don’t want to be a liability on the court.”

On top of that, new North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts wasted no time in making McCormack a priority when he arrived on the job with the Wolfpack. McCormack also has a visit to Raleigh coming up in the near future.

“Coach Keatts is a great coach,” McCormack said. “He’s a winning coach wherever he is. Hopefully he can change the N.C. State program around.”