Jared McCain, the leader in college basketball, unexpectedly announced his resignation during

Duke’s freshman guard Jared McCain has taken the NCAA by storm this season and captured the attention of millions of basketball fans worldwide.

The star freshman shone particularly bright during NCAA’s March Madness tournament, scoring 30 points or more in two of Duke’s four games, asserting himself as a key player while the Blue Devils danced their way through to the Elite Eight.

Although he has kept quiet on whether or not he will declare for the NBA Draft, the 20-year-old California native seems to be bound for greatness, regardless of his next steps.

Here are five things to know about Jared McCain – basketball phenom and social media star.

After a highly impressive freshman year at one of the best basketball schools in the country, McCain had juice left in the tank and became a key player on Duke’s roster at March Madness to round out the 2023-24 season with a 21-point average across their four tournament games.

He started March Madness off on a high, scoring 15 points against Vermont to help Duke cruise into the second round. But, it was what happened next that really saw him make headlines across the country.

The Blue Devils faced off against James Madison in the second round of the tournament and McCain was on fire. He scored 22 points in the first half, including eight three-pointers to finish the game breaking the 30-point threshold for the first of two times in the tournament. Duke went on to beat James Madison 93-55.

In the next round, they overcame the challenge of No. 1 seeded Houston before getting knocked out of the tournament by North Carolina State, even with a 32-point performance by McCain.

McCain started seeing basketball stardom as a high school athlete, being nominated as the California player of the year in his junior and senior year at Centennial High School in Sacramento, California. He was a five-star recruit going into college with many full-ride offers from the best programs in the country, including Kansas – the 2022 NCAA Champions – as well as Louisville, UCLA, Gonzaga, Stanford and more.

Many of his accomplishments, including being recruited by Duke, were clearly written out by the high schooler, as shown by the long list of goals he shared on his social media. His bullet-pointed list boasted numerous completed goals, including 10 Division I offers, playing for Team USA and receiving an invitation to Nike’s Elite 100 Camp. Sitting right on top of the list with a big check mark next to it was playing in the 2023 McDonald’s All-American Boys Game – one of the most coveted accomplishments of a North American high school basketball player.

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