JaVale McGee was born January 19, 1988 in Flint, Michigan where he attended two high schools: Detroit County Day and Providence Christian. His mother, Pamela McGee was an All-American basketball player at USC and continued on to be both a player and coach in the WNBA. His father was George Montgomery who player collegiately at Illinois and was 2nd round pick for the Portland Trail Blazers.
McGee was the starting center at the University of Nevada, Reno until after his sophomore year he decided to enter the 2008 NBA Draft. He had an average of 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and his shooting averages were 53% from the field and 33% from the three-point range.
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McGee was selected 18th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2008 NBA Draft. He participated in the USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas in both 2009 and 2010 and was also one of the 15 finalists for the USA Men’s Basketball Team for the 2010 World Championships.
He has a career high 25 points and 15 rebounds in 30 minutes of play. In 2009-10 he was ranked 9th in the NBA for blocks per game, as well as 1st in blocks per 48 minutes. While playing for Washington he has recorded ten double-doubles and blocked a career high of six shots twice. He had a Wizards record of 8 dunks since the dunk became an official stat. In only his 3rd year in the pros, McGee has already made himself an essential starter for the Wizards. The long, versatile seven footer is a consistent offensive presence while being hailed as a defensive game juggernaut. Currently, JaVale ranks 5th in the NBA in total blocks, blocked shots per game and field-goal percentage.
JaVale McGee not only stands out on the court, but he also stands out through philanthropically. He participates in the Wizards annual Family-to-Family Holiday Delivery, which delivers toys, books, clothes, games, and gift certificates to families in the D.C. area who need help with the holidays. In 2009 he participated in “Salute to the Stars”, which honors wounded servicemen and women for serving our country. During his off time, he enjoys playing video games and chess.