2023 4-star guard Jared McCain sets up Duke, Gonzaga visits

Peter Warren01/11/22
Jared McCain
Jared McCain

Corona (Calif.) Centennial four-star guard Jared McCain has scheduled two major official visits for next month.

McCain will first visit Duke from February 6-8 and then going to Gonzaga later in the week from February 12-14, he told ZAGSBLOG.

He is the No. 29 overall recruit in the 2023 cycle, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

McCain is not only one of the top high school basketball players in the country, but also has the potential to be one of the most high-profile players in the new NIL era.

His NIL Valuation is $216,000, which ranks No. 38 in the On3 NIL 100. That is the fifth-best valuation among high school basketball players behind four-star guard Bronny James, five-star guard Mikey Williams, five-star guard Amari Bailey and five-star guard and McCain’s high school teammate Dior Johnson.

About the On3 NIL Valuation

The On3 NIL Valuation is an index that looks to set the standard market value for both high school and college-level athletes. The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.

The NIL valuation is comprised of a number of dynamic data points that focus on two primary factors – an athlete’s social media presence and their level of athletic performance.

A base valuation is generated from the number of followers on each social media platform an athlete has (Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok). Each platform is weighted differently based on the number of marketing dollars that brands and advertisers typically spend on each.

With a baseline established through their individual social platforms, an athlete may also receive various boosts or penalties based on the following factors:

  • Engagement
    • Athletes are assessed on how much engagement their posts and stories generate. Athletes that consistently show high engagement rates will receive a boost while those with low engagement rates receive a minor penalty.
  • Relative Social Media Strength
    • In order to maintain parity, athletes are not penalized for not having strong followings across all 3 social media platforms. However, a boost is applied for athletes with strong followings and engagement across all three platforms relative to their peer group.
  • College Prestige
    • Each college is ranked from top to bottom, with athletes attending the top-ranked colleges receiving the highest boosts. High school athletes receive a partial boost once they commit to a college and receive 100% of the boost value once they are enrolled.
      The colleges are ranked on the following:
      • Team Ranking per sport
      • College TV Ratings
      • College Revenues from sports
  • Individual Player Rankings
    • Utilizing On3’s rankings, an athlete’s recruiting or On300 ranking will give them a boost according to their ranking. Once an athlete is in college, the On300 player impact ranking is used instead of their recruiting ranking.
  • Position
    • For college football only. The QB position is the highest-rated position, followed by skill positions – RB, WR, TE, CB, S, Edge. There are no boosts or penalties for the other positions in football. In basketball, there are no boosts for position.
  • Gameday Performance
    • Athletes who excel on a particular game day will receive minor bonuses for their performance.
      The gameday boosters can be for the following:
      • Conference Players of the Week
      • National Players of the Week
      • Team Win (opposition strength is factored in)
      • Outstanding performances on gameday, especially in key games with large viewership
  • Prestigious Achievements
    • Athletes nominated (or those in the running at earlier stages in the season) for awards such as the Heisman Trophy will receive a boost. As the odds change throughout the season for the leading contenders, so will the boost. The maximum points awarded for this boost are applied once the winner and finalists have been announced with the winner receiving the highest boost and the other finalist sharing the remaining points based on their final position.
  • Legacy
    • Athletes who come from prestigious/ famous families will receive a boost. These boosts are usually applied to athletes who come from a family with national fame. An example of a legacy boost is Bronny James who is the son of Lebron James.
  • Media
    • Athletes who appear in major publications or are highlighted in productions and special features on major networks will receive boosts or penalties based on the positivity or negativity of each article. This is not solely based on the number of articles or productions but rather the sentiment of the articles.
  • Existing NIL Deals
    • As part of the valuation, deal flow is considered and athletes that are signing a large number of valuable contracts will indeed be boosted to reflect their success in the market. This is a relatively minor boost and the increase in the value of the athlete is not equal to the value of the deals they have signed. This is solely a marker to reflect an athlete’s ability to get deals signed and executed.