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JaVale McGee: Quick Facts


JaVale McGee is able to dunk a basketball. (Brad Horn/AP photo from the 2008 CBI.)

A few quick words about Nevada's JaVale McGee a 6-11 or 7-foot forward/center whom the Wiz just took at No. 18 in the first round.

* His mom, Pam McGee, played two years in the WNBA, making the McGees the first WNBA-NBA family. She also won two NCAA national championships, played professionally in Spain, Italy and Brazil and won gold in the 1984 Olympics, while dad George was a second-round Portland draft pick in 1985, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal and the Chicago Sun-Times.

* His mom wrote up his MyNBADraft.com profile.

* She also resigned as girls' basketball coach at Sacramento High after one season to help her son transition to the NBA; "Some opposing coaches said she ran up scores and others objected to her sideline personality," the Sacramento Bee reported last month.

* And she also handled much of JaVale's early basketball training, according to the Nevada Sagebrush, coaching his AAU team when he was 9 and reportedly using "a European approach" with her son.

* The Wizards, if I'm not mistaken, will be McGee's fifth team in seven years. The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that "McGee, who lists Flint, Mich., as his hometown, played his senior season [of high schoool] at Hales Franciscan High in Chicago and was ranked the No. 6 player in the area by ChicagoHoops.com. Earlier, he attended Detroit Country Day and Providence Christian, both in Michigan."

* His nickname is "The Big Secret."

* His hometown paper wrote a blog this winter saying that McGee was not ready for the NBA.

* He would appear to be an unspeakably bad quote. Here's what his coach at Nevada, Mark Fox, told the Gazette-Journal during McGee's first season: ""'ve told him if he's half as good as his mom was, I'll be happy, He just smiled. He's kind of a quiet kid. He's a man of few words. He thinks before he speaks. I wish more young people were that way."

Good for character development. Bad for blogging. The experts seem to agree.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 26, 2008; 9:39 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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