2013-14 Profile: Drew McGhee

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About: 6 foot 11 235 pound center Drew McGhee (Miami of Ohio/North Ridgeville HS) will join the Owls this season as a graduate student. NCAA rules allow graduate transfers to be eligible to play immediately. McGhee had offers from Marquette, Penn St., Davidson and others out of high school but decided to play for Miami of Ohio, where he suited up for the last three years and redshirted as a freshman.

Here’s a blurb on Drew from our August interview with Coach Preston,

Preston: I think the best thing about Drew, is that Drew’s going to give us a great amount of experience. He’s going to give us a level of toughness that’s needed in this program that we haven’t quite had the first couple years. More importantly what he’s going to bring is the fact that he’s a back to the basket player as well as a high post player that can score over both shoulders. So he’s going to give us experience, much needed depth in the post and he being the elder statesman on our team, I look for him to come in and give us added leadership as well.

Past: McGhee suffered a torn ACL towards the end of last season at Miami, but his recovery is taking place way ahead of schedule and he should be ready to start the year.

His stats as a whole at Miami of Ohio are underwhelming at first glance, but are actually quite impressive when you take a deeper look.

First Glance

Deeper Look (Per 40 minutes)

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I’ll let Drew tell you about his own game…the following is from an interview in May

Owl Howl: What can you bring to the team?

McGhee: I’m not one of the types to say I average a double-double or this many points, but I can easily say I will bring 100% every minute that I’m on the floor, a lot of passion, a lot of energy and I feel as long as you bring those three things then you’ll never be upset with yourself.

Owl Howl: Tell the fans about your playing style on offense and defense.

McGhee: I personally think of myself as being able to play the zone or man-to-man. I believe that the person I’m guarding can’t score if they can’t catch the ball so I do my best to front the post and keep my opponent from getting the ball in scoring position.

On offense I’m definitely a back to the basket guy. I read what the defense is playing and go from there.

For rebounding, I believe it’s whoever wants the ball more is going to get the ball. You can try to box me out but if you don’t really want that ball I’m going to go around you and get it. That’s the mentality that I believe every big man should have. Some games I didn’t have as many rebounds as I wanted but I worked for every one of them at 100%.

Future: McGhee is going to give the Owls depth inside, and he will help make KSU one of, if not the biggest team in the A-Sun. He has a good chance of being named a team captain, and will likely emerge as one of the team leaders.

Here’s a video produced by Miami of Ohio a few years back

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