Washington Wizards Draft JaVale Mcgee

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the Washington Wizards selected 7'0" center/forward JaVale McGee (JA-vell) from Nevada with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft.

“JaVale has a chance to be a solid addition to our team,” said Grunfeld. “He’s a seven-footer with a 7’6” wingspan, he runs the floor very well, and he’s an excellent shot-blocker.”

“I’m so excited right now, and I’m just ready to get there and play basketball and work hard,” said McGee. “I think I can bring great athleticism, run the floor well, and bring shot blocking ability to the team.”

McGee, 20, was an early entry candidate in the 2008 NBA Draft. A Second Team All-WAC selection in his sophomore seasons at Nevada, McGee was also named to the league’s All-Defensive Team. McGee led the WAC in blocked shots last season (2.8 bpg, 14th in the country), and finished second among all WAC players in rebounding (7.3 rpg).

McGee is the son of Pamela McGee and George Montgomery. Pamela McGee is a former All-American basketball player from USC, who also played and coached in the WNBA. Montgomery played collegiate basketball at Illinois.


JaVale McGee
Full Name: JaVale Lindy McGee
Position: Center
Height/Weight: 7-0 / 237
Birthdate: January 19 1988
High School: Hales Franciscan HS
College: Nevada

Quick Facts:

  • Has tremendous length (owns a 7'6" wingspan) and athletic ability
  • Those assets allow him to excel at rebounding, shotblocking and running the floor
  • Will primarily play the center position, but his skills will also allow him to play at the power forward spot
  • Made a huge statistical leap from his freshman to sophomore year (+10.8 points, +7.1 rebounds, +1.9 blocks)
  • Continues to improve his overall offensive game, both in the post and facing the basket

    Background Info:

  • 7-0, 237-pound center from Nevada
  • First name is pronounced JA-vell
  • Averaged 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks while shooting .529 from the field as a sophomore last season
  • Was named to the All-WAC Second Team and WAC All-Defensive Team last season
  • Led the WAC in blocked shots, ranked second in rebounding, eighth in field goal percentage and 10th in scoring
  • Ranks fourth all-time in school history in blocked shots despite only playing two seasons
  • His mother was an All-American for USC and played and coached in the WNBA
  • His father played collegiately at Illinois
  • Nevada
    Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
    2006-07 33 0 45 75 .600 16 34 .471 2 3 .667 72 3 6 30 108 3.30
    2007-08 33 31 189 357 .529 74 141 .525 14 42 .333 242 20 26 92 466 14.1
    Totals 66 31 234 432 .542 90 175 .514 16 45 .356 314 23 32 122 574 8.70