At six-feet-10-inches tall and 250 pounds, Gary McGhee is a burly center who plays with intensity and aggressiveness. McGhee emerged last year as Pitt's starting center, providing stellar defense, a shot blocking presence, efficient rebounding and ever-improving offense. A committed, hard working team player, McGhee seemed to get better every time he hit the floor as he played a key role in several of the season's most important plays and dramatic victories. As one of Pitt's most improved players, McGhee led the Panthers in field goal percentage, blocked shots and rebounds per game. Upon entering his final season, McGhee has the opportunity to establish himself as one of the best defensive centers to ever play at Pitt. McGhee takes up space inside, loves to rebound and play defense. He has also emerged as a fan favorite as it is common to hear his name "Gary" chanted by the Oakland Zoo. Look for McGhee to build up on his previous season.
One of the best defensive centers to ever play at Pitt...Started 68 consecutive games at center...Played in 120 career games with 69 starts at center...Became the 10th player in school history to record over 100 career blocks and concludes career ranked No. 6 in program history with 114 blocked shots.
Lauded as one of the Big East's best defenders...Started all 34 games at center...Five double-doubles on year...Reached double figure rebounding 11 times and double figure scoring in nine contests...Scored 10 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the NABC College All-Star Game in Houston...Earned rebounding award at team banquet...Averaged 9.0 rebounds per game in Pitt's two NCAA Tournament games...Pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds vs. UNC Ashville, 3/17...Coralled a game-high 10 rebounds vs. Villanova, 3/5...Finished with nine points (4-5 FG), all coming in the decisive second half and five rebounds at USF, 3/2...Tied a career-high with 13 points (5-6 FG) and brought down six rebounds at West Virginia, 2/7...Grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and had four blocks vs. Cincinnati, 2/5...Posted a career-high tying 13 points (4-5 FG) and grabbed eight rebounds at Rutgers, 1/29...Pulled down career-highs of 15 rebounds and 12 defensive rebounds at DePaul, 1/22...Grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and set a career-high 11 defensive rebounds vs. Syracuse, 1/17...Tied a career-high with 13 points and 10 rebounds vs. Seton Hall, 1/15...Scored 12 points (5-5 FG) and grabbed six rebounds vs. Marquette, 1/4...Tallied a career-high 13 points, all coming in the second half, and grabbed nine rebounds at Providence, 1/4...Registered a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in only 22 min. vs. Connecticut, 12/27...Finished with third double-double on year (10 points and 10 rebounds) vs. Maryland Eastern Shore, 12/18...Posted a double-double with career-highs of 12 points and 13 rebounds, and a career-high seven blocks against Duquesne, 12/1. The seven blocks tied a program record...Registered a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds against Robert Morris, 11/23.
One of four players who started all 34 games (center)...Led team in field goal percentage at 62.3 (94-151), rebounding (6.8 rpg.), blocked shots (59) and both offensive (81) and defensive (149) rebounding and averaged 6.9 points per game...Totaled three double-doubles, reached double figure scoring in eight games and double figure rebounding in nine contests on year...Earned squad's Best Defensive Player of the Year and Rebounding Award at team banquet...Tied a career-high with 12 points (5-6 FG), grabbed six rebounds in NCAA Tournament First Round vs. Oakland, 3/19...Grabbed 10 rebounds and scored six points at St. John's, 2/27...Grabbed 10 rebounds including a career-high eight offensive with seven points vs. Villanova, 2/21...Finished with 10 points and tallied a career-high 6 blocks at Marquette, 2/18...Grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds vs. West Virginia, 2/12...Registered his third career double-double with career-highs of 12 points (4-6 FG) and 11 rebounds (seven defensive) vs. Seton Hall, 2/6...Finished with nine points and nine rebounds including a career-high seven offensive boards at West Virginia, 2/3...Grabbed a career-high tying 11 rebounds at USF, 1/31...Totaled 10 points (5-7 FG) vs. St. John's, 1/28...Finished with eight points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes at Connecticut, 1/13...Blocked a career-high five shots vs. Ohio, 12/22...Finished with 10 rebounds and nine points vs. Mount St. Mary's, 12/19...Grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and four blocks vs. Kent State, 12/12...Scored 11 points (5-7 FG) including two key dunks down the stretch, grabbed eight rebounds (four offensive) in a career-high 35 minutes vs. Duquesne, 12/2...Finished with his second straight double-double with a career-high 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. Youngstown State, 11/28...Selected to the CBE Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 10.5 points, 8.0 rebounds (3.5 orpg.) and shooting a perfect 7-7 from the field in Pitt's two games against No. 3 Texas and Wichita State...Totaled his first career double-double with career-highs of 11 points (5-8 FT) and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes vs. Texas, 11/24... Scored a career-high 10 points (4-4 FG) with six rebounds in a career-high 25 minutes vs. Wichita State, 11/23...Finished with four blocks vs. Eastern Kentucky, 11/19....Scored nine points (4-5 FG) with six rebounds vs. Binghamton, 11/17...Finished with seven points, eight rebounds, scored five points down the stretch on a 3-point play and a layup to help Pitt defeat Wofford in the season opener, 11/13.
Earned team's Coaches Award at team banquet for outstanding attitude...Played in 31 of 36 games with one start (Belmont)...Finished season with 38 points, 48 rebounds and eight blocked shots in 207 minutes of action...Finished with three points and six rebounds vs. DePaul, 2/21...Scored five points and grabbed four rebounds vs. Robert Morris, 2/2...Grabbed four rebounds (three offensive) vs. Siena, 12/17...Scored six points and set or tied career-highs for rebounds (8), offensive rebounds (4) and defensive rebounds (4) vs. UMBC, 12/13...Made first career start vs. Belmont and saw action in 16 minutes...Scored a career-high seven points (3-5 FG) with a career-high seven rebounds (three offensive) in 17 minutes vs. Indiana, Pa., 11/22...Played a career-high 19 minutes, finished with two blocks vs. Miami, Ohio, 11/17.
Played in 21 games, 103 minutes and scored 31 points (1.5 ppg.) with 30 rebounds (1.4 rpg.) on season...Earned team co-Most Improved Player Award at team banquet...Scored three points, registered field goal and rebound in three minutes of NCAA Tournament First Round game vs. Oral Roberts, 3/20...Scored four points with a career-high six rebounds in 10 minutes vs. Providence, 2/12...Scored four points (2-4 FT) in seven minutes vs. West Virginia, 2/7...Grabbed three rebounds in seven minutes at Connecticut, 2/2...Scored three points at St. John's, 1/23...Provided key spark off the bench with a career-high six points (3-5 FG) and a career-high four rebounds in 12 minutes at South Florida, 1/9...Scored first career field goal with three rebounds in four minutes vs. Boston U., 11/27...Grabbed three rebounds in nine minutes vs. Mississippi Valley State, 11/15...Saw action in four minutes with one offensive rebound in career debut vs. North Carolina A&T, 11/10.
A 2007 graduate of Highland Senior High School in Anderson, Ind. where he played for Head Coach Phil Spoljaric...Named the Anderson Herald Bulletin Player of the Year following his senior season...Three-time Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State selection...Three-time Anderson Herald-Bulletin All-Madison County squad honoree... Three-time All-Olympic Athletic Conference selection...Averaged 20.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 4.2 blocks as a senior...Area leader in rebounds, blocks and ranked second in scoring...Concluded his career with 1,177 points and set school records with 835 rebounds and 287 blocks...Registered 37 points and 11 rebounds in leading Highland to the Madison County title with a 68-65 win over Anderson...Recorded near triple-double with 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks in sectional game vs. Muncie Southside...Scored a career-high 40 of Highland's 64 points on 14-17 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds vs. Westfield...Grabbed 23 rebounds and scored 21 points vs. Lapel...Finished with 37 points and 18 rebounds vs. Broad Ripple... Averaged 16.7 points and a state-high 13.1 rebounds per game as a junior in leading Highland Senior to an 11-12 record in 2005-06...Recorded rare triple-double with 29 points (11-17 FG), 17 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in 78-54 victory over Liberty Christian...Scored 21 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked five shots in sectional vs. Richmond...Averaged 14.6 points per game and ranked 17th in the state in rebounding with a 10.4 average as a sophomore...Scored a season-high 25 points as a sophomore...Attended the 2006 All-America Camp...Rated the No. 2 center at Boo Williams Camp in 2006...Played in the AAU Orlando Showcase and the AAU Nationals...Rated the No. 130 player nationally by HoopScoop...Ranked the No. 139 player nationally by Rivals.com...Ranked the No. 130 player nationally by Scout.com...Ranked the No. 139 recruit nationally by USA Today...Ranked the No. 15 recruit in Indiana in 2006...Played AAU basketball with the Gary-based SYF Players squad.
Born Gary Jerome McGhee on October 28, 1988...Son of Gary, Sr. and Charlotte McGhee...Has one sister Mariah (17), who competes in track and field at Highland Senior...Father Gary competed in track and field at Indiana University (1981-82)...Cousin Aaron McGhee started at power forward and helped lead Oklahoma to the NCAA Final Four in 2002...Favorite movie is Paper Soldiers...Committed to Pitt on September 3, 2006 after attending Pitt's football game against Virginia...Hero is his father who first put a basketball in his hands and taught him how to play...Spent his official visit weekend with current Chicago Bulls center and former Pitt star Aaron Gray...Became interested in Pitt after visiting with his family during the summer...Nickname is "Big G"...Favorite sports figure is Shaquille O'Neal...Also considered Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Wake Forest and South Florida...Majors in communications.
Points: 13, four times- at West Virginia, 2/7/11; at Rutgers, 1/29/11; Seton Hall, 1/15/11; at Providence, 1/4/11.
FG made: 6, Duquesne, 12/1/10.
FG attempts: 12, Seton Hall, 1/15/11.
3FG Made: None.
3FG attempts: None.
FT made: 5, two times- at Rutgers, 1/29/11; vs. Texas, 11/24/09.
FT attempts: 10, at Rutgers, 1/29/11.
Rebounds: 15, at DePaul, 1/22/11.
Off. Rebs.: 8, Villanova, 2/21/10.
Def. Rebs.: 12, at DePaul, 1/22/11.
Assists: 3, West Virginia, 12/2/10.
Steals: 1, 13 times.
Blocks: 7, Duquesne, 12/1/10.
Minutes: 38, West Virginia, 2/12/10.
2010-11 SEASON HIGHS
Points: 13, four times, last at West Virginia, 2/7.
Rebounds: 15, at DePaul, 1/22.
Assists: 2, vs. UNC Asheville, 3/17.
Steals: 1, nine times.
Blocks: 7, Duquesne, 12/1.
Minutes: 33, Cincinnati, 2/5.
GARY MCGHEE FEATURE STORIES
McGhee, Howard rekindle rivalry, March 19, 2011, George Bremer, Anderson Herald-Bulletin
Pitt's McGhee gets last laugh laughing at himself, March 17, 2011, Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Hear me roar, March 15, 2011, Quintin Harlan, March 15, 2011, Anderson Herald-Bulletin
Hey Hey Gary McGhee, March 5, 2011, Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
McGhee comes up big for Pitt, Jan. 19, 2011, Gary Parrish, CBSSportsline.com
Pitt's confident McGhee finishing, Jan. 10, 2011, John Grupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pitt's McGhee defensive about scoring touch, Dec. 4, 2010, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
McGhee progresses for Pittsburgh, Nov. 1, 2010, Quintin Harlan, Anderson Herald-Bulletin
McGhee gets lessons at LeBron James Camp, July 14, 2010, John Grupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
McGhee key to Pitt's NCAA run, March 20, 2010, Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
McGhee heeds call for Panthers, March 18, 2010, Quintin Harlan, Anderson Herald-Bulletin
McGhee's hard work paying off, Feb. 23, 2010, John Grupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
McGhee is feel good story of the year, Jan. 18, 2010, Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
McGhee ready to step up, Dec. 1, 2009, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
McGhee Enjoys the Ride, March 19, 2009, George Bremer, Anderson Herald-Bulletin
One Tall Order, March 29, 2007, Mike Beas, Anderson Herald-Bulletin
Pitt lands Indiana big man, Sept. 4, 2006, Dave Mackall, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Highland Senior H.S.
Height / Weight:
6-11 / 250
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