A four-star recruit that will fill the Mustangs' need for outside shooting, McQuaid was impressed after visiting SMU last week and watching head coach Larry Brown conduct practice.
"It was Coach Brown working out everybody, he had the posts and the guards doing different workouts. Coach (Tim) Jankovich was there too. I enjoyed it a lot," McQuaid said. "I enjoyed the way (Brown) ran things and his attention to detail. It was really good."
McQuaid knows about Brown's style in practice, stopping scrimmages every two to three minutes to correct his players, and thinks this will help him develop.
"I think it's good. He wants it done right and that's the way to do it," McQuaid said. "He's a really good coach so he knows what he's doing. Coach Brown, in general, I just really want to play for him. I like what he had to say to me and he kept it real with me. I liked that about him."
After the workouts, McQuaid sat down with the Hall of Famer and talked both about the junior's future role at SMU and about Brown's past as well.
"He just told me that he really wanted to coach me and help me develop into a better player," McQuaid said. "He just told me stories about the ABA, back when he went through the process and was a player."
McQuaid stands at 6-foot-5 with long arms that disrupt passing lanes on defense. He is known as a shooter but he has good athleticism that he uses to attack the paint after freezing the defense with a shot fake. Though now he lines up at the two or the three, he is a good ball handler because of his previous experience as a point guard.
McQuaid is the second player to join SMU's 2015 class, joining three-star point guard Sedrick Barefield. McQuaid is excited about pairing with Barefield in the SMU backcourt after they graduate from high school.
"I think we will mesh real well. From what I hear, he's a pass-first point guard with really good vision, really good handles, he can hit down any kind of shot. From what I hear he's a really good player," McQuaid said.
McQuaid plays his AAU ball for his dad on Team Texas. Though his close friend and AAU teammate Austin Grandstaff committed to Ohio State this weekend, McQuaid still plans to recruit other players to come to the Hilltop with him, including five-star center and teammate Elijah Thomas and former teammate, five-star small forward D.J. Hogg.
"Definitely, I'm going to try to be the biggest recruiter now (for SMU)," McQuaid said.
McQuaid also received offers from Creighton, Baylor, Texas, Missouri, Texas A&M, Wichita State, Alabama, and Oklahoma, among others. He also received interest from Michigan, Arkansas, and Oklahoma State.
McQuaid and Team Texas will be participating in the Nike EYBL this weekend in Frisco.