McGuirl Making a Name for Himself
There are few players in New England that helped themselves more in July than Mike McGuirl, especially in the final days of the evaluation period.
The East Catholic High School and Connecticut Basketball Club guard was having a steady summer through the first two weeks. He led CBC into the UAA Finals in their first year on the circuit and had added three new offers - Quinnipiac, NJIT and Holy Cross - to a list that already included Sacred Heart, Hartford, Brown and Vermont.
In the last five days though, things have gone to an entirely new level.
CBC traveled to the AAU Super Showcase at Disney's Wide World of Sports just outside of Orlando, and were invited to play in the invite only gold division.
Given the opportunity to prove himself in the top division in the event, McGuirl did that and more and has racked up new offers as a result.
Siena, Hofstra, Penn and Boston University are all on board now, as too are George Mason and St. Bonaventure from the Atlantic 10. Kansas State even became the first high-major school to offer him a scholarship, officially pushing his recruitment to the next level.
McGuirl is coming off a high school season in which he led East Catholic to their second CIAC state championship in the last three years, despite missing a good portion of the season with a fracture in his face and then returning down the stretch only to play with an intrusive face mask.
This summer he has proved himself to be a true three-range scoring threat. He has a jumper that is as pretty from behind the three-point line as it is off the dribble in the mid-range area while he's also strong and athletic enough to make tough plays going to the rim.
With the new offers continuing to come in, McGuirl is certainly among New England's biggest sumer stock risers.