Hidden Gem Ted McCree Talks Junior Season at St. Mary’s

17 Feb

VG OLSM_Lahser 4Many view Orchard Lake St. Mary’s as a football power within the State of Michigan.  However, the Eaglets have quite a winning tradition on the hardwood, with six Catholic League titles since the 1998-1999 season under dual football and basketball coach George Porritt, while producing notable players such as former Michigan State point guard Kalin Lucas.  The 2013-2014 St. Mary’s squad has had an up and down season thus far, but have the potential to make a long post-season run in the Class A state playoffs, and a key player in determining if St. Mary’s has a successful campaign will be junior 6’4′ shooting guard Ted McCree.

A versatile scorer and finisher on the offensive side of the floor who models his game after Kevin Durant, McCree in the midst of a break-out junior campaign.  Averaging about 23 points a game this season (for a club that scores 52 points a game), including a phenomenal 32 points against Brother Rice earlier in the year, and hauling down eight rebounds each game as well.  

“The season is going by so fast” McCree had to say.  “The regular season was a bit rough, but we are working to smooth the edges out and get the job done.”

The Class of 2015 in Michigan is full of guards and wings that have the ability to put the ball in the basket.  He says scoring the ball is his natural talent, but in order to distinguish himself from his competitors, Ted is aware that he must bring a variety of skills to the court in order to achieve success.

“I also like to get my team involved by getting assists,” McCree notes, “and I leave everything on the floor, I play every game like my last game.”

McCree does have an official college offer as of now, however, the St. Mary’s junior does have a list of schools that keep in contact with him regularly such as U of D Mercy, Akron, Florida International, Central Michigan, and Oakland.  While he is far from making a college decision, Ted does have a few qualities he will look for in a school that will be crucial when makes his college decision.

“Somewhere where I can go and play as soon as I get there, along with a great coaching staff, great teammates, and of course, the education is most important.”

Basketball does not end simply at the conclusion of the high school season for players anymore.  The first AAU tournaments of the season are only a few weeks after the high school season closes.  And while there is still much to play for in a St. Mary’s uniform, McCree is eager to reunite with his AAU program from last season, Detroit’s own The Family.  Ted is hopeful the upcoming AAU season will help boost his recruiting situation, but at the same time, is looking forward to playing with fellow notable juniors in the state.

“I will be looking forward to the Peach Jam Tournament,” Ted had to say, “because I missed that tourney last year.”  “I played with them (The Family) in Indiana, and I had fun playing with guys like Eric Davis and Bakari Evelyn.

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