Kansas basketball’s David McCormack continues to impress

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After a new career-high in points last night, sophomore David McCormack is solidifying himself as the future of Kansas basketball.

David McCormack was a four-star recruit part of Kansas basketball’s 2018 recruiting class. He wasn’t expected to play significant minutes in his freshman season, with the Jayhawks returning Udoka Azubuike, Silvio De Sousa, and adding transfer Dedric Lawson.

As we all know, things didn’t play out quite the way everyone expected in the 2018-19 season.

De Sousa was forced to sit due to the NCAA, and the Azubuike injured his wrist just seven games into the season. The loss of those two forced McCormack to step up in a big way as a freshman, and he step up he did.

McCormack started in the final 13 games of the season and averaged eight points and six rebounds per game in the Big 12 championship tournament. The freshman went from not expecting to play more than a few minutes a game, to starting. That’s quite the transition, and not many would have been prepared to make such a move.

This season, McCormack has reprised his role as a starter, and deservedly so. He’s averaging 9.9 points and 5.0 rebounds so far this season, despite only getting about 17 minutes per game. He’s also added a new dimension to his game.

In the offseason, McCormack developed a midrange jumper to add to his arsenal. The addition of that jumper makes him that much more valuable as a scorer, and someone that can space the floor a little bit.

In Kansas basketball’s 98-57 win over Kansas City, McCormack scored a career-high 28 points, but he may have scored even more if Bill Self wouldn’t have pulled him with quite a bit of time left in the game.

McCormack’s made a vast improvement between this season and the last, and it’s exciting to think about just how good he’ll be next year when he becomes a go-to guy for the Jayhawks.

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David McCormack has a very high ceiling with Kansas basketball, and it’s exciting to think about just how good he can get. His development has been incredible, and if he keeps going at this rate, he may become the Jayhawks’ cornerstone the moment Udoka Azubuike graduates and Devon Dotson heads for the NBA.