Dupree McBrayer committed to Minnesota last night. The consensus 3 star recruit becomes the second member of the Gophers' 2015 class. McBrayer chose Minnesota over St. John's, Seton Hall, and Creighton. The Queens guard was primarily recruited by Kimani Young.
McBrayer is versatile combo guard, who will need to add strength to be competitive at the next level. McBrayer is a high school grad who is headed to Vermont Academy for an additional year of prep school. Similar to other Pitino recruits the 6-4 guard can play multiple positions at the college level, though likely projects as an off ball guard at the college level. Since Pitino likes to play multiple guards at once, and seems to be selling prospects on a UCONN like 2 PG system, having the ability to play the point is useful.
McBrayer is a lefty who is very comfortable driving to his left, and playing through contact. He has a scorer's mentality. At the next level, he will need to improve his shooting, both in catch and shoot and off the dribble. The latter bit comes from spending time watching additional highlights and some game film. Because of his length, he should be a good defender once he adds strength and size to his frame.
Representative Quote on the Recruitment Process
"The players treated me like family and the overall visit was good as the weather was nice. It was 90 degrees one of the days" - McBrayer— Ryan James (@RyanJamesMN) August 23, 2014
Everyone stay quiet about the weather in the winter.
What Does This Mean Going Forward?
The Gophers have two scholarships left for this upcoming class. A quick survey of the recruiting minds revealed that Minnesota's top two priorities are Jarvis Johnson and Alex Illikainen. Were the Gophers able to land both of those targets, this would make the best recruiting class since Smith's first. Minnesota is consistently recruiting fast, long guards with the ability to score.