June 3, 2015

Menary earning attention

Kevin McCarthy

If, as some say, 80% of success is simply showing up then what percentage does location account for? Take David Menary for example.

photo of David Menary

Menary is a 6-foot-6 2016 talent who plays in the winter for Nevada Union High and E-Time Hoops Academy during the spring and summer. Now, in and around Grass Valley is never going to be mistaken for say Oakland or even Contra Costa County in regards to fertile hoops recruiting. Hence the issue—showing up isn't difficult for him but to what audience?

After garnering All-Sierra Foothill League (SFL) First Team honors based on 18.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per outing, Menary is currently working towards establishing himself through E-Time Hoops' participation in various well-attended tournaments.

Here's E-Time Hoops Coach Rich Sondhi on his talent: “David has enjoyed a great AAU season as well as a great high school season. He was their leading scorer and had four games over 30 points during the high school season and was Nevada Union's glue. He is very agile and long, can put the ball on the floor, is a solid passer and shoots the ball extremely well. I think David is under the radar due to being in Grass Valley and we just started trying to showcase him a little. At 6-foot-6, he can do many things and I think he could help many programs at the next level.”

Asked to name his top basketball talents, Menary detailed, “My shooting and my passing.” He further identified the former, breaking it into “shooting mid-range jumpers and threes.” Offered as an area he is working on to improve was “driving to the basket.”

Forthright about his abilities a few years ago as a freshman—“I didn't think I would be this good but I've grown five or six inches and trained a lot.”

Playing soccer, baseball, football, basketball as a youngster, it was the latter sport that outlasted the others in popularity. This despite having a mother who played volleyball collegiately and a father who also did likewise on the football field.

Speaking of geography earlier, such may just play a role in DeMarcus Cousins being Menary's favorite player since the former plays for the Sacramento Kings about 65 miles southwest of Grass Valley.

Menary isn't set as yet but is considering majoring in sports management in college.

With Nevada Union going 6-0 at a recent high school tournament held at Jesuit High, invitationals at Chico State, Sacramento State and even up in Oregon are on the docket for the Miners. Such should help prep for such daunting SYL opponents as Folsom, Woodcreek, Oakridge and Granite Bay. Having Menary as the backbone of the team also bodes well.