Patrick McCracken 6'4 175 2019 Western Branch High School (Chesapeake VA)

Patrick combines good length with a strong frame and excellent mobility. He has a great feel for the game and really works off the ball well offensively posing a scoring threat at all three levels. He has excellent touch around the rim and uses his size and length effectively inside. He possesses solid footwork, a fundamental shooting stroke and nice touch around the rim. He has solid and smooth mechanics on an impressive post variety which includes a strong drop step, a reliable jump hook, and as he has showcased recently an emerging turnaround jump shot. Patrick does a nice job of establishing good position inside and seals his man off well. He has a soft touch around the basket and very good shot consistency and finishing ability through contact. Patrick has developed an extremely reliable mid-range jump shot on catch and shoot scenarios and extends his range beyond the arc. He is a good passer out of the post and out of double teams. Has the ability to back smaller defenders down with the dribble. He is a developing straight line scorer off the dribble and with his shot making potential coupled with an impact post presence he provides an attractive matchup advantage. Patrick's strong, durable frame, shot blocking instincts and rebounding ability make him a defensive force! His combination of impressive size and strength and sufficient quickness also allow him to be an effective post defender as he’s strong enough to hold his ground in the paint and mobile enough to defend opposing forwards away from the rim. Capable of switching ball screens. Patrick will be one of the 757's breakout players this year and performed well enough last season off the bench to give Bruins fans a lot to be excited about. While not posing the explosive athleticism and above the rim antics of his predecessors he does provide physical and fundamentally solid play inside that allows him to be an impact post presence worthy of attention from coaches at the D2 level.

Western Branch Head Coach Paul Hall on Patrick McCracken: Patrick is a fantastic young man on and off the court who stayed ready to contribute when called on off the bench last season. He never complained, continued to work hard and patiently waited his turn. In addition to his athletic talents Patrick is also a member of the National Honor Society and carries a GPA of above 4.0!