Posted On: 09/10/19 6:00 AM
One of the many things I love about this job is being able to hear all of these kids’ unique stories. Whether it be their upbringings, trial and tribulations they’ve faced or all of the benefits this game has brought to them, I never seem to get used to listening. 2020 Quintin Metcalf has a story that I had yet to come across, though. The 6-foot-8 rising senior was born in Texas, but didn’t spend much time there before moving to an army base in South Korea. Before growing into the frame he has now, Metcalf had to endure the physicality that came with playing against grown men on the base as an eighth grader. Those experiences were huge building block into the prospect that Metcalf has become.
“I would play in a high school league on base, but there wasn’t that much competition,” Metcalf continued, “so every Saturday and Sunday I would run pick up with the soldiers. It just helped me playing against bigger grown men.”
While Metcalf partially relied on tape from his games on base, he started taking advantage of the AAU scene in the U.S. by playing for Global Squad the past two summers. His play quickly caught the attention of programs from many different levels. St. Bonaventure, Howard, Drexel and Farleigh Dickinson have all offered. Metcalf will now take his talents to Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania.
“I’m just an aggressive hustler,” Metcalf said when asked to describe his game. “I just want to help my team out any way I can. The schools recruiting me like all that I can do for my size. I move like a guard.”
Metcalf is much more than just a hustle player, although those characteristics in him further his value. There isn’t much that Metcalf doesn’t do to put his fingerprints all over the game. He can score from all three levels, has the vision of a point guard and finishes over the rim on a consistent basis. His quick first step gives other players his size problems and once Metcalf gets into the paint, he anticipates the defensive rotation well. Defensively, he can guard from the 2-4 positions competently. There’s even an argument that he could guard centers if they aren’t a seven-footer.
What will make Metcalf so valuable not only for his current team, but at the collegiate level as well, is his ability to rebound and lead the break. His ball handling, decision making and ability to score make him a threat in virtually any situation.
He’ll be the main focal point for a Mercersburg team that features a trio of Division I prospects. I wouldn’t be shocked to see a few more A-10 schools get involved with Metcalf as time goes on.