Kansas basketball's loaded stable of big men is already creating buzz about KU's potential to boast the top frontcourt in the nation next year.
Some of that hype can be attributed to the first impression David McCormack has made with the Jayhawks.
The 6-foot-10 power forward will look to bolster KU’s depth in a post lineup that returns Udoka Azubuike, Silvio De Sousa and Mitch Lightfoot while adding Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson.
“Playing against Silvio, Doke, Dedric, Mitch, there’s no way that we can’t get better when we’re in practice,” said McCormack, who stopped by Jeff Hawkins’ basketball camp on Friday at Hays Recreation Commission along with KU teammates De Sousa and Ochai Agbaji. “We’re just pushing and competing in practice.”
McCormack comes to KU after two years at the high-profile Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. He drew good reviews after scoring 18 points in a KU scrimmage earlier this month.
“It definitely helped me playing against other high-level athletes (at Oak Hill),” McCormack said. “Something I just got used to was playing at a higher speed. College is much faster but (prep school) helped me in some sense.”
McCormack weighed over 300 pounds at one point in high school but has slimmed down to 265 pounds. He said he's looking to “expand his overall game” heading into his first year at KU.
“I can’t really hone in on one thing,” said McCormack, a McDonald's All-American who was ranked No. 33 in the 2018 recruiting class by Rivals.com. “Make sure I’m still a physical player and play hard always.”
McCormack said getting used to the notoriety that comes with being a KU basketball player might be one of the biggest adjustments.
“It’s tough to adjust to it,” McCormack said. “I’m a very low-key type of person. I stay behind the scenes and consider myself humble.
“I do notice (the attention). Just the little things. But I don’t let anything get to me. I just keep the person I am.”
He said he’s enjoyed immersing himself in KU basketball culture.
“You can’t go around Lawrence without noticing it,” he said. “There’s just so much history and so much tradition on campus. You just can’t escape from it.”
Hawkins, a former KU player who briefly lived in Hays, brought the camp to town for the fourth straight year.
“I love getting the chance to work camps with kids and enjoy time with them,” McCormack said. “It means the world to them and it’s a good experience for me as well.”