JaVale McGee


JaVale McGee

infobox NBA Player


name = JaVale McGee
position = Center
league = NBA
team = Washington Wizards
number =
height_ft = 7 | height_in = 0
weight_lbs = 237
nationality = American
birth_date = birth date and age|1988|1|19
birth_place = Flint, Michigan
highschool = Detroit Country Day, Providence Christian, Hales Franciscan
college = Nevada
draft = 18th overall
draft_year = 2008
draft_team = Washington Wizards
career_start = 2008
career_end =
former_teams =
awards =

Javale McGee (born January 19, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who was selected 18th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2008 NBA Draft. A 7'1", 240 lb center, he signed a two-year, $2.4 million deal with the Wizards on July 9, 2008. [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3480795 Rookie McGee signs contract with Wizards] ]

McGee was born in Flint, Michigan, and attended two high schools in Michigan: Detroit Country Day and Providence Christian, before transferring to Hales Franciscan in Chicago. [http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=2214303 Nevada lands recruit McGee, son of former WNBA star] ] McGee was the starting center for the University of Nevada. According to Hales Franciscan coach Gary London, McGee's natural position in college was ideally small forward, and that he could play both forward spots. After his sophomore campaign, in which he averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, shooting 53 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range, McGee decided to hire an agent and declare for the 2008 NBA Draft. [ [http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/cbasketball/357199_mcgee01.html 'Big Secret' out at Nevada; McGee declares for draft] ]

Personal

His father, 6'10" George Montgomery, was a 1985 second-round draft selection by the Portland Trail Blazers. Also his mother, Pamela McGee, was a USC standout and WNBA star for the Los Angeles Sparks and Sacramento Monarchs. If and when McGee suits up for the Wizards in 2008-09, he will be the first son of a WNBA player to ever play in the NBA. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2008/columns/story?page=080513-mcgee Mother-son legacy a first for WNBA/NBA] ]

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