A long, athletic big man who has a lot of upside... Long arms and athleticism make him an exceptional shotblocker and rebounder... Runs the floor extremely well for a big man... Has strong NBA pedigree, as his father, George Montgomery, was drafted by the Blazers in the second round of the 1985 NBA Draft. His mother, Pamela McGee, played and coached in the WNBA... Will probably play the four or the five in the NBA, but has a decent mid-range game with some flashes of deeper range... Needs to work on his back to the basket game... Needs to add strength and weight, but appears to have the body to be able to do it.
“I think that McGee played very well today. He’s very talented athletically. He is just very gifted and I think he can shoot and run and he tested out very well. He is exceptionally long.” -- Nets General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe
“(McGee and Lopez) averaged about three blocks a game or so and both of them are going to get bigger and stronger. I think what you need when you’re talking about an NBA shot-blocker is that you’re going to need toughness, strength and some jumping ability. I think both of those guys have jumping ability, I think they’ll both compete and are both tough and within two or three years with gather the strength they need to be shot blockers in the NBA .” -- Nets General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe
“I do think that he will improve so I think there is definitely an upside there. Some guys you’re thinking they’re going to come in and play and compete right away and other guys you’re saying you know what I can see that he’s going to get a lot better. I think McGee is a guy that’s going to continue to improve for a number of years.” -- Nets General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe
“Very long. You can see some NBA moves. He has a nice shooting touch. He obviously has to become more physical. He has to improve his strength in order to be a factor even as a guy that will probably not just be isolated on the box because he can move out some. I think how he approaches things with his mentality and work ethic, getting stronger and being able to play longer minutes. I think that’s something he had to improve on in college and that’s something we tried to see today throughout the course of this workout.” -- Nets Director of Scouting Gregg Polinsky
On today’s workouts:
I think I did pretty good. It was an interesting time. I shot well, had a couple dunks.”
On the skills that he is trying to show in workouts:
“I try to show my shot blocking ability and my shooting touch…my agility as a big man.”
On how he sees himself fitting in with the Nets:
“I watch the Nets from time to time, I see they need a big man who can block shots, and who can guard the little guy and big guys. So I plan on being that guy, I hope I can be that guy.”
In 2007-08 as a sophomore earned second-team All-WAC honors... Was named to the WAC All-Defensive Team... Was the team’s Most Improved Player...started 31 of 33 games... Led the team and ranked second in the WAC with 7.3 rebounds per tilt... Finished second on the team and 10th in the WAC in scoring with 14.1 points per contest... Paced the WAC and ranked 14th in the nation with 2.79 blocks per game... Also tied for eighth in the WAC in field goal percentage, knocking down 52.9 percent of his attempts from the field (189-357)... As a true freshman in 2006-07 appeared in 33 games... Was Nevada’s leading scorer off the bench with 3.3 points per game... Ranked second on the team and ninth in the WAC with 0.9 blocked shots per game... Also averaged 2.2 rebounds per game...Shot 60.0 percent from the field (45-75), which set the school single-season record for field goal percentage by a freshman.
“For a player standing a legit seven feet, there is plenty of intrigue with the raw skills that he possesses from the outside. Shooting the ball, he owns NBA range and shows flashes of being a threat from there with improved fundamentals. When facing the basket, JaVale uses his long strides and quick rip-throughs to get to the rim, usually finishing acrobatically around the basket. He moves around on the floor unlike most seven footers, looking completely normal putting the ball on the floor from 20 feet away from the hoop. McGee’s large hands and long arms allow him to move the ball around in the air a bit in order to finish around the cup, which he did especially well with his right hand. McGee is still far from a finished product in terms of his offensive skill set, but the raw skills he does possess when facing leave optimism for his growth in the area down the road.” - Rodger Bohn - Director of Prep Scouting
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