Mon Aug 29 10:39am EDT
Seldom has a kid been in better spirits after receiving 37 stitches in his shoulder than Brewster Academy's Mitch McGary.
The highly touted 6-foot-10 forward said he viewed the cuts on his arms as a small price to pay for joining the group of players who have ever shattered a backboard. McGary did it in warmups for the Elite 24 game in Los Angeles on Saturday when he caught an off-the-backboard pass from guard Aquille Carr and attempted a two-handed alley-oop flush.
"The backboard just broke and came down on me," McGary told ESPN's Dave Telep. "I've got a pretty big laceration on my shoulder, but I'll be alright. I didn't want to go to the hospital. I'll go after so I can watch the game and see the boys play."
McGary, Rivals.com's No. 4 recruit in the Class of 2o12, combines strength and intensity on the glass and in the paint with a surprisingly effective mid-range game. Among the six schools he's still considering are Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Michigan, Duke and Kentucky.
Whichever program lands him will be very fortunate. They just better make sure the backboards at their arenas are shatter-proof.