Saturday, November 11, 2017

Five-star big man David McCormack inks with Kansas

Class of 2018 big man David McCormack signs his national letter of intent to join the Kansas basketball program on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at a ceremony with his family.

Class of 2018 big man David McCormack signs his national letter of intent to join the Kansas basketball program on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at a ceremony with his family.


A few hours after the Kansas basketball program announced the signing of Class of 2018 point guard Devon Dotson on Saturday, a second letter of intent arrived in the KU basketball offices.

David McCormack, a 6-foot-10, 285-pound center from Oak Hill Academy, ranked as the No. 4 center in the 2018 class, made his commitment to Kansas official by signing the letter at a ceremony with his family.

Two of KU's three commitments in 2018 recruiting class that is ranked second in the country by, now have signed their letters.

"David is guy who caught our eye early on," Self said of McCormack, who was a teammate of current Jayhawk Billy Preston at Oak Hill last year. "There are many things that impressed us about him and the more we watched, the more we liked. As he got older, we fell in love with his effort, his attitude and his discipline. David is a guy, on his own, that has lost 50 pounds by eating right, changing his diet and doing proper exercise. He's transformed his game and his body into something that I feel like will be one of the more prepared bodies that anyone can recruit in college basketball."

McCormack, who said his relationship with KU assistant coach Jerrance Howard played a huge role in him picking Kansas, averaged 10.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game during his junior season at Oak Hill and 14.8 and 9.8 for Team Loaded AAU this summer.

“He's 6-10 and can play both big spots, the power forward or center type position," Self said. "He's got good skills and we think the sky is the limit on what he can become as well. When you look at big bodies that we've had, David has a body like Thomas (Robinson) but he reminds me of a Darnell Jackson early in his career in that he can definitely shoot, he can pass but he'll do most of his work near the basket.”

KU’s other known commitment in the 2018 class is 6-9 forward Silvio De Sousa, who is exploring the idea of coming to KU in time for the second semester this season.

Self and company also remain in the hunt for a few other elite 2018 prospects, including five-star prospects Quentin Grimes, Zion Williamson and Romeo Langford, who narrowed his list to Kansas, Indiana and Vanderbilt this weekend.

The end of the early signing period, which opened last Wednesday, runs through next Wednesday. The regular signing period is set for April 2018.


Dirk Medema 3 years, 7 months ago

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

Matt Tait 3 years, 7 months ago

He did. But the letter has not been officially sent to KU yet, perhaps because of the details of him looking to come to campus early.

Regarldesss of what happens with the letter, it sounds like De Sousa will come to Kansas in time for the second semester if the NCAA allows it.

KU needs the letter before Self can comment on De Sousa, but, even if they don't get it, there are ways to get him here, again, as long as the NCAA allows it to happen.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 7 months ago

If Lagerald and Malik are ready to lead next year, the team could be almost unstoppable.

Matt Tait 3 years, 7 months ago

As true as that statement may be, Lagerald and Malik also may be gone next year. And Self and his coaching staff are absolutely preparing for the possibility with their efforts in the 2018 recruiting class.

In my opinion, as of today, both will go to the NBA after this season if they're told they're in good shape.

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 7 months ago

Newman Vick Moore Cunliffe Grimes Dotson Langford .....

Lawson D. Lawson McCormack De souza Lightfoot...

Nice squad i would say. Now what could change is both Vick and Newman leave.. Preston and Dok stay or they could both leave .....but none the less its a nice problem to have

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 7 months ago

As far as Langfords decision he said he will look at the teams and how coach Self uses his guards as well as their overall success before he makes his choice.....advantage Kansas ....and i think most importantly is to go to a school that wins .....advantage Kansas.......National exposure .....advantage Kansas......but if he wants to be the "MAN"......and its all about him......He will choose Indiana or Vanderbilt.....

Henry Joseph Hofmeister 3 years, 7 months ago

Given Josh Jackson's recent comments on eating right expected in the NBA, I'd love to see him reach out to McCormack with some tips.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm betting that Udoka, Malik, and LaGerald are all gone after this year. They have NBA level skills and/or have such an "up side" that several teams will be prepared to draft them. The same may be true for Billy Preston.

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 7 months ago

Moore Cunliffe Grimes Dotson Langford

Lawson D.Lawson McCormack Desouza Lightfoot

If Vick Dok Newman and Preston all leave which is possible.....the cupboard is still not bare.....not a bad recruiting tool if you get 4 in draft as well.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 7 months ago

Garrett is the best possible thing that could happen to Malik. It is not just some idle threat to start the freshman in front of him. He got a double-double. And an effort d-d on top of that. Coach Self must be absolutely giddy about that. Ultimately it is to Malik's advantage because he has the talent to do that and more which besides being good for KU just makes him that much more attractive to the NBA.

Alan Dickey 3 years, 7 months ago

I agree that, watching their play, one easily could expect Azubuike, Vick, Newman, and possibly Preston to leave for the NBA after this year. They’re skilled players who likely will get even better this year. My gut tells me the as many as all four of them could leave. However, last I checked, not one KU under classman is identified in the first round on any 2018 mock draft I can find. And those mock drafts seem to be loaded with a lot of high-level talent from other NCAA teams and foreign countries. Thus, I wonder how there could be room for any of them, much less all four of them, to get drafted in the first round, which seems to be the goal for most intelligent underclassmen players who decide to leave early for the NBA.

It seems possible that we could end up with all of this:

C - Udoka Azubuike / Jr. / 7-0 / 280
C - David McCormack / Fr. / 6-10/ 260 (Rivals #33)
PF - Dedric Lawson / RS-Jr. / 6-9 / 230
PF - Billy Preston / So. / 6-10 / 230
PF - Silvio De Sousa / Fr. / 6-9 / 240 (Rivals #25)
PF - Mitch Lightfoot / Jr. / 6-8 / 210

SF - KJ Lawson / RS-So. / 6-8 / 210
SF - Sam Cunliffe / RS-Jr. / 6-6 / 190

SG - LaGerald Vick / Sr. / 6-5 / 175
SG - Malik Newman / RS-Jr. / 6-3 / 190
PG - Devon Dotson / Fr. / 6-1 / 180 (Rivals #17)
PG - Marcus Garrett / So. / 6-5 / 180
PG - Charlie Moore / RS-So. / 5-11 / 170

That's 13 players; 13 scholarships. Pretty awesome to imagine. At least, one can hope. If I had to bet, I think we will have at least 11 of those players next year.

Roger Ortega 3 years, 7 months ago

I feel like if some of those players return, we'll have some transfer out as well. As loaded as we'd be I'd think some of these guys would be concerned about meaningful minutes but MAN WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF THEY ALL STAYED!

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