KU freshman David McCormack nearly averaging a double-double in overseas contests


Blue Team center David McCormack pulls back to dunk during a scrimmage on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the Horejsi Athletic Center. In back is Red Team forward Mitch Lightfoot.

Blue Team center David McCormack pulls back to dunk during a scrimmage on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the Horejsi Athletic Center. In back is Red Team forward Mitch Lightfoot. by Nick Krug

Kansas forward David McCormack is enjoying a strong showing during his overseas exhibition tour with Global Sports Academy in Belgium.

In five games this week — all victories — McCormack has posted averages of 11 points and 9 rebounds per game, three times reaching double figures in scoring and recording a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds in the team’s 92-60 debut victory over the Antwerp Giants last Sunday.

McCormack, the 6-foot-10, 265-pound freshman from Oak Hill Academy, followed up his overseas debut with a 12-point, 8-rebound effort in a 13-point Game 2 victory over Team Solingen and combined for 18 points and 13 rebounds in Games 3 and 4, a 91-84 victory over Team Sijsele on Monday and a 91-81 victory over Team Almere on Tuesday.

In the team’s latest victory, a 114-71 win on Wednesday, McCormack was one of nine players to reach double figures.

Global Sports Academy coach Kerry Keating, formerly the head coach at Santa Clara and the son of current KU administrator Larry Keating has provided some feedback and a few updates on Twitter following each game.

“Lot of fun with this crew this week, and also found out some of the offensive sets work,” Keating wrote with enthusiasm on social media. “Guys have been very coachable and made the (after timeout situations) fun to give them something simple and challenge their execution. They have been very good in that and bodes well for their teams when they return to school next week.”

McCormack and Global Sports Academy will look to improve to 6-0 today, with an exhibition finale in Bruges, and will return to the United States later this week. He is expected to report to KU’s campus on time for the start of the fall semester and preseason workouts next week.

McCormack is one of two current Jayhawks who spent time overseas this summer, joining Charlie Moore, who two weeks ago played four games in Italy under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown with the USA East Coast squad.

Moore’s team finished 4-0 and the KU guard played roughly 15 minutes per game while coming off the bench as the team’s secondary point guard. Moore was among the team’s assist leaders.

Global Sports Academy was founded in 1991, with its goal being to create and arrange athletic competition between equally matched teams at all levels internationally.

Promoting goodwill and a better understanding between nations through sports is the organization’s main point of emphasis.

Here’s a quick look at Keating’s thoughts from what clearly has been a good experience for the KU freshman thus far.

None by Kerry Keating

Here's a video of McCormack (No. 33 in white) in live game action.

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None by GlobalSportsAcademy


Ryan Zimmerman 6 months, 1 week ago

I'm thinking we're going to get a T-Rob clone in McCormack. And that's freaking fantastic.

Shannon Gustafson 6 months, 1 week ago

If it's T-Rob plus 40lbs and a couple inches then that would be amazing.

Craig Carson 6 months, 1 week ago

McCormack is much farther ahead of TROB as a Freshmen..TROB was very raw..he could rebound but his offense wasnt very good..DM will be a better version

Tony Bandle 6 months ago

D-Mac is going to surprise a lot of Jayhawk Nation.

He will be logging significant minutes much quicker than people realize right now. He is not only physically gifted, but he is also immensely talented, warrior-like, unafraid of the spotlight and totally motivated.

The fact that he is listed only as a four star is a total joke. Think of T-Rob's personality in the body of Landon Lucas!!

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