Nevada lands recruit McGee, son of former WNBA star

Updated: November 4, 2005, 7:08 PM ET
Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- Javale McGee, a high school basketball standout in Chicago who is the son of former WNBA star Pamela McGee, has verbally committed to play at Nevada next year.

One of his advisers, Sonny Parker, confirmed the commitment of the 6-foot-10 forward who is a senior at Hales Franciscan High in Chicago.

"He has a tremendous amount of talent for his size," Parker told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Thursday. "For him, at that size, to have that much coordination is unbelievable. He can shoot the ball. He can handle it. He can pass it."

"He has a frame to get bigger," Parker said of the slender McGee. "Both his parents are big. His mom is 6-3 or 6-4."

His father, 6-foot-10 George Montgomery, played at Illinois and was a second-round selection by Portland in the 1985 NBA draft.

Pamela McGee and her twin sister, Paula, helped lead USC to NCAA women's titles in 1983 and 1984.

McGee attended two high schools in Michigan, Detroit Country Day and Providence Christian, before transferring to Hales Franciscan. His mother worked as an assistant coach for the WNBA's Detroit Shock.

He trained this summer with Parker at the Sonny Parker Youth Foundation. Parker played in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors from 1977 to 1982.

Hales Franciscan coach Gary London said Javale McGee's natural position in Division I will be small forward, but he could play the small forward and power forward.

McGee also visited the University of San Francisco. He received recruiting interest from Northwestern, Marquette and DePaul, London said.

Under NCAA rules, Nevada coach Mark Fox and his staff cannot comment on recruits. The early signing period begins Wednesday and extends through Nov. 16.

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