Guyer junior Tyler McGhie isn’t kidding when he says his family has at least a handful of basketball hoops strategically placed throughout their south Denton home.
“There’s probably five, but I’ve probably broken 20,” McGhie said with a laugh. “We have shooting contests all the time.”
One can imagine those spontaneous tussles for family bragging rights could happen anywhere — the hallway, a bedroom or the living room. They are typically against his dad, Tom McGhie, who happens to be a referee, and younger sister, Maddie, but teammate and Oklahoma signee De’Vion Harmon lives across the street and is usually involved too. The same can be said for JaKobe Coles.
“I’ve been there a couple of times, and he’s got like a Nerf hoop and an actual outdoor hoop inside his house,” Coles said. “He’s got them all spread out throughout the house. He was born into basketball.”
To say the practice is paying off is an understatement. On a team loaded with headline grabbers like Harmon, Coles and Michigan signee Jalen Wilson, McGhie has carved out a reputation for being a dominant knockdown threat and could be the X-factor for No. 2 Guyer, which is in the Class 6A Region I tournament for the second straight year.
The Wildcats (31-4) play Odessa Permian at 8 p.m. Friday at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth. It is a rematch of last year’s semifinal that Guyer won 58-48 before falling to eventual state champion Allen in the region final.
Should Guyer win, it would face No. 1 Duncanville or Euless Trinity at 3 p.m. Saturday.
“We just have to stay focused,” McGhie said. “Our mind is on Permian, and then we’ll see what happens after that.”
Guyer has been cruising and won its three playoff games by an average of 29 points. McGhie has had a big role, as the first-year starter is averaging 11.7 points and 3.6 rebounds and shooting nearly 87 percent from the free throw line.
He’s also shooting 41.2 percent from 3-point range. He connected on four straight 3s in the first quarter of Guyer’s lopsided win over Irving MacArthur and finished with a team-high 25 points. He scored 16 against Richardson Pearce and seven Tuesday in an 82-66 win over Mansfield Lake Ridge.
His breakout season has created quite the problem for opponents, who were already finding it impossible to defend the household names on Guyer’s roster. McGhie only compounds the mismatches.
“We’ve got so many weapons, which makes us very hard to stop,” Guyer coach Grant Long said. “Ty is a homegrown guy and a gym rat; he spends way more time in the gym than we do practicing. He’s a complete offensive player who can score at any level. His footwork is great. He can score around the basket. He’s got a great pull-up. He can shoot off the dribble, off the bounce and off the catch. He can shoot it in any way, which is huge for us.”
Long said McGhie is at the center of a team peaking at the right time. That could spell trouble for Permian, which posted a 39-33 win over El Paso Americas in the region quarterfinals. Permian, riding an eight-game win streak, beat El Paso Socorro by 18 and Arlington Martin by three.
“They graduated a couple of their guys but still have plenty back,” Long said of Permian. “A lot of their offense comes off their defense, so we have to take care of the ball and make sure we finish.”
McGhie added that he will do all he can to be the teammate everyone expects him to be.
“We just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing the last few weeks,” McGhie said. “My teammates are feeding me the ball and I’m a shooter, so I’m going to let it go when they do. Lately it’s been going in, so I want to keep that going.”