INDIANAPOLIS - The News-Sentinel sports staff is spending the week covering the happenings of the annual adidas Invitational, which features many of the top prep basketball players in the country.
We will be compiling profiles of a number of athletes. Here is another in the series:
Pendleton Heights High School
Ratings: Rivals 3-stars; 247Sports 3-stars
Verbally committed to Butler
Jonathan's take: This couldn't be a better fit of player and program. McDermott offers plenty of good things in a style of play that will fit perfect to him. The senior has great length for an outside shooter and he is extremely accurate from deep range.
In his opening games at the adidas Invitational, McDermott drained threes as his length was nearly impossible for other teams to match-up against. He also has a high basketball IQ in knowing where to go and moving without the ball offensively and has the work ethic to not be satisfied despite already securing the offer and commitment.
He isn't a top of the line defender, but does well enough that he isn't a liability as long as he keeps his spacing. This is partly because he isn't the most athletic player for a high-major guard.
Even with those minor flaws, McDermott's ability to come off screens, quick release and improving explosiveness off the dribble should have Butler fans excited. If he can continue to make progress, there isn't a question he could be the next in line to follow in the Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham footsteps as an offensive star for the Bulldogs.
On what he is working on: “Everything is still a work in progress. Exploding off the dribble, on my jumpshot, going to the rim, on defense, everything. Just really working on my explosiveness and getting my shot off quickly. I'm going to need it to play freshman year.”
On his similarities to Dunham: “When I took my visit there he (head coach Brandon Miller) showed me clips of Rotnei Clarke and Kellen. He thinks I'm my own player, but he has compared me with them and thinks I can be similar to Kellen.”
On what Miller has talked about improving with him: “People are going to be physical with me all year long, bumping me on cuts and everything, so he's talked about how to set those guys up and how to keep my head when they are holding me like that and just working on everything. Obviously going to have to take it to another level to play.”