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As we all expected, former Miami RedHawks center Drew McGhee will be joining Kennesaw State next season and be eligible to play immediately.

McGhee’s New Facebook Post (taken from MiamiHawkTalk.com)

I have been lucky enough to have attended Miami University for the past four years and will be receiving my bachelors degree after this year. Its been a fun ride and have had some unforgettable times. I am also extremely excited to say that next year I will be attending Kennesaw State University in Georgia for Graduate School and be playing there for my last year of collegiate basketball. Ready to head down for some southern hospitality.

Head Coach Lewis Preston on McGhee

“I had an opportunity to recruit Drew when I was an assistant at Penn State. I had just gotten hired there from the University of Florida and just always remember Drew for not only his size but his toughness, his ability to play with his back to the basket as well as to be able to face up 15 feet and in,” Preston said. “He’s a very good passing big man but even more importantly what he’ll bring to us is a level of toughness that’s needed and brings a wealth of experience coming from Miami of Ohio.

“We’re very excited to have him in our basketball program and looking forward to getting him here on campus really soon,”

I think with the addition of Drew McGhee, it just gives us even more depth, gives us even more versatility. It’s going to give us the ability to do a variety of different things both offensively and defensively.” “He uses his body well and does a great job of keeping his defender off the glass. I think even more importantly what he is going to do is, once again, give us added size and with that added size we will be able to do some different things, and when you look at our league across the board, the more successful teams have more effective inside play.”

Our Take

McGhee has long histories with Coaches Preston and Lallathin, so it’s not surprising he chose to play here for his graduate year. He had an offer from Penn St. when Preston was there and he attended two years at Miami with Lallathin. McGhee redshirted his freshman season before playing three years with the squad. He suffered a knee injury during practice at the end of this past season but he is going to be ready to go by September. He is a big body (6’11″) who played in a conference that is a step up from the Atlantic Sun. He took a step back this past season under first-year Miami Head Coach John Cooper, as Cooper likes to run and that’s not McGhee’s forte.

I’ve seen McGhee play on TV before, and I can tell you a little about what the Owls are going to get. He’s an active big body who rebounds fairly well. He attacks the offensive glass and is capable of putting the ball back up. He is a good defensive player who will help the Owls tremendously and give them a twin towers look when playing the 5 with Willy Kouassi at the 4. He will be of supreme importance early in the season because power forward Nate Rucker will not be eligible to play until mid-December. 

By the Numbers

Let’s quickly examine his numbers from the past three years. They seem pedestrian don’t they? 

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Let’s take a deeper look and see what’s out there with McGhee. Here are all his games from the past two seasons when he played a minimum of 20 minutes

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In 13 games, he averaged nearly 26 minutes and shot an insane 66%, scoring over ten points per game, pulling down 4.3 rebounds and scattering 10 blocks along the way. There is a reason he was offered by Penn St. and Marquette among others.

I look forward to seeing what the big man can do in his final year.