Video: Trey McDonald at King James Classic

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Trey McDonald (2011 center, 6’9, Battle Creek Central) has high major coaches keeping an eye on him this spring and with a strong summer he could begin to start pulling in some high major offers. We had the chance to watch his Michigan Mustang squad face off against a loaded D-One Sports team that featured top 5 recruit Quincy Miller and budding point guard prospect Anthony Fields (also on the Michigan radar with video coming soon).

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  • GeorgeEsq

    Saw Trey in person during high school play-offs. Has the body, but very awkward. Bricks his shots. Not a high D1 player unless he improves a ton.

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  • GeorgeEsq

    Saw Trey in person during high school play-offs. Has the body, but very awkward. Bricks his shots. Not a high D1 player unless he improves a ton.

  • I would agree that he has a long ways to go but the fact that he has the body means that he will stay on plenty of program's radars.

  • Tom_McC

    If only he was a 2012 kid.

    He actually has some tools and seems to have some feel for post play but he doesn't pay attention to the details which tells me he either is 'lazy' or he hasn't got the kind of coaching he needs to refine those skills he needs to improve.

    If it's the former, he'll be a mid-major backup…if he it is the latter, he could turn into a late bloomer type who could make a significant contribution at the mid-major level or perhaps be a solid back-up at a high major.

    It will be interesting to see how this kid develops.

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    I agree with GeorgeEsq. He does have the body, but it's really hard to teach touch. He just doesn't seem to have any touch, even from five feet in. Plus, he was getting pushed around/blocked by a smaller guy. Even if you don't have the touch, at that height you've gotta at least use your body to shield the defender to get an easy shot off.

    For what 2 minutes of watching is worth, I think I'll pass.

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    Btw, Dylan, we should have a UMHoops pick-up bball day. See if any of the people here (like myself) who critique everyone else's game have any game of our own.

  • Ben

    I know I have a better 3 point shooting percentage then this years team…Seriously

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  • GeorgeEsq

    My 61 year old legs say “No, I have no game”.

  • MaizeNBlueJ

    That's not fair. I'm in Southern Indiana, there's no way I can play. I actually just finished up a winter “league” (pickup games) with a lot of older guys in it. I'm looking for something to replace that on the exercise front, but I don't think this is it. LOL.

  • Billiam

    I'm in SoCal now so moving back to basketball (while remaining sad that I can't play with you guys)…

    This kid looks like a poor man's Deshawn Sims. He doesn't look scared to shoot outside (two shots from three point range and a few mid-range) but he doesn't have any back to the basket moves. I'm not sold on him, especially since we're already trying to get other, better bigs in that class. Nevertheless, he might turn into a UM prospect due to his height and shooting ability. Size really isn't an issue if Horford, Morgan, and McLimans play well, but if we don't get a big name recruit I could see this kid playing a shooting-4. To me he's basically an upgrade on size of Novak if he learns how to shoot and play tough. And don't make fun of me…he's got two years to learn how to shoot and it only takes about a second to get tough…it just doesn't happen for most people.

  • dirtgrain

    I'm 39, with a heap of past injuries that nag. I just played some pick-up at the EMU outside courts two weeks ago (first time in six months). I still have game, but my body isn't as fast as my mind thinks it is.

  • GeorgeEsq

    Where do you see shooting ability on that video? He almost broke the backboard on a few of those shots.

  • Billiam

    Agreed. It's not seen. But I think that if you're 6'9 and shooting outside then you can shoot, or at least are working on it. Maybe it's just me (and honestly, please tell me if you disagree) but I think that you don't shoot that shot if you know you can't make it. If you know that you can make it you shoot it, and that makes me believe that he might be able to make that shot. I still don't think he's our A B or C option, but I believe that he'll have a shot if he doesn't have one now.

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  • GeorgeEsq

    I've seen him live and on the video, and he doesn't shoot well from what I've seen. Can he improve? I hope so, but I'm not sure that he can improve enough to be a guy who you would want taking mid-range jumpers. There are other issues with his game. He doesn't finish well, lacking touch on his inside shots – an area where Horford is pretty good, btw. He doesn't have great hands. The best thing he could do for himself is to learn how to use his body in the paint to secure rebounds and score.

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  • GeorgeEsq

    I've seen him live and on the video, and he doesn't shoot well from what I've seen. Can he improve? I hope so, but I'm not sure that he can improve enough to be a guy who you would want taking mid-range jumpers. There are other issues with his game. He doesn't finish well, lacking touch on his inside shots – an area where Horford is pretty good, btw. He doesn't have great hands. The best thing he could do for himself is to learn how to use his body in the paint to secure rebounds and score.