LAWRENCE, Kan. – Forward/center David McCormack has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play men’s basketball at Kansas, KU head coach Bill Self announced Saturday. McCormack becomes the second men’s basketball player to sign with KU as guard Devon Dotson inked his NLI earlier in the day.
From Norfolk, Virginia, McCormack (6-foot-10, 285 pounds) is playing his senior year at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. He is ranked the No. 4 center in the 2018 class. Overall, he is No. 33 by ESPN100, No. 35 by Rivals.com and No. 39 by 247Sports.com.
“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 averaged 10.6 points and 8.6 rebounds a game at Oak Hill his junior season and 14.8 points (on 60 percent shooting) and 9.8 rebounds for Team Loaded AAU last spring and summer. McCormack played for Norfolk (Va.) Academy his sophomore year of high school.
“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. Jerrance (Howard) did a wonderful job with David and his family.”
2017-18 Kansas Men’s Basketball Signees
Devon Dotson – G, 6-2, 175, Charlotte, N.C. (Providence Day School)
David McCormack – F, 6-10, 285, Norfolk, Va. (Oak Hill Academy)