His college recruitment has ended almost as fast as it began. Rather than go through the recruiting process, Westwind Prep Academy 6-foot-9, 230-pound decided that he had found the right fit for himself and pulled the trigger on Friday evening with the Arizona State Sun Devils - making ASU head coach Herb Sendek a happy man, as well as his new basketball staff.
MacDougall is currently rated among the elite post prospects in the West for the 2014 class, and so his early pledge to the Sun Devils came as a big development for a staff that is looking to secure its future at the program.
MacDougall chose to commit to the Sun Devils after heavy interest from a large numbers of programs. A mere junior prospect, MacDougall already held scholarship offers from such programs as New Mexico, Oregon State, Cal, Portland, Utah State, Utah, Northern Arizona, Colorado, Saint Mary's and Boise State.
"I'm a Phoenix guy born and bred," said MacDougall. "I believe in Arizona basketball, and I admire Coach Sendek's guts for bringing in (Eric) Musselman and (Larry) Greer."
MacDougall is coming off a very strong spring and summer performance, where he helped lead his Arizona Magic 16U club program to several big tournament finishes, including a tournament championship at the Double Pump Hoop Fest in Los Angeles, CA in the spring. As a result of MacDougall's play in the off-season, he earned serious attention from such top-rated scouts as Josh Gershon of Scouthoops.com.
MacDougall currently attends Westwind Prep Academy and will play for the program's National High School program this season. MacDougall transferred from Desert Vista HS over the summer. This season, MacDougall will help anchor the team's line-up against stiff national competition, including national champion Findlay Prep HS. MacDougall will team up this season with such top-rated talents as Zylan Cheatham, Tate De Laveaga and Josh Braun at the program this season.
MacDougall advised me that he really wanted to stay close to home all along, and he felt that the Sun Devils' program was a great fit for him.
"With the local talent they've already recruited, I think we can do great things over at ASU," said MacDougall. "I'm humbled to be a part of it."
At the ASU program, MacDougall will join another former club teammate from the Arizona Magic in Hamilton HS 6-foot-11 graduate Eric Jacobsen. Jacobsen will be a freshman this season for the Sun Devils.
Congratulations to MacDougall and his family on this amazing accomplishment.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: MacDougall continues to impress at a high level after a strong 2012 spring and summer performance on the AAU/club circuit. MacDougall looks as a high-major post player should look physically and he has the athleticism and toughness to go with it. The young post prospect has officially arrived as a big-time prospect and will only get much better over the next two years of high school. MacDougall runs the floor very well for his size and is a strong finisher on the low block. He does not shy away from physical contact. In fact, he relishes it and he uses his large physical frame to gain good inside post position and make plays inside the painted area. A good scorer on the low block with a soft touch out to 15-18 feet. Plays like a big and enjoys scoring around the basket. Also a strong rebounder and a capapble shotblocker, MacDougall is capable of playing either the 4 or 5 positions on the floor. Has some upside still as a player and is still growing. An excellent prospect. Committed to the Arizona State Sun Devils.