Hoosiers making a strong push for Jameel McKay

  • 04/20/2012 9:42 am in

As one of just three freshman to be named as a first team NJCAA All-American selection this past season, Indian Hills Community College forward Jameel McKay has established himself as a recruiting priority for several high major programs.

McKay is arguably the top returning frontcourt player in the JUCO ranks following his first collegiate season where he averaged 14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

“Jameel’s a face-up forward. He’s got a great nose for the basketball,” Indian Hills assistant coach Jason Skinkis told Inside the Hall. “He’s a great offensive rebounder. As far as offensive rebounding, he’s probably the best in the country in junior college.”

The Milwaukee (WI) native, who was originally a member of the 2011 class, went the junior college route for academic reasons. He now has a healthy grade point average and is expected to enroll at a Division I school for the 2013-2014 season with two years of eligibility.

Indiana offered the 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward a scholarship earlier this week after watching him workout for the second time in a week.

Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Marquette, Memphis and Missouri are also recruiting the Indian Hills forward.

Skinkis said McKay’s familiarity with Tom Crean from his time at Marquette coupled with the resurgence of the IU program has the All-American intrigued with the Hoosiers.

“They’ve got one of the best recruiting classes in the country obviously and Indiana’s name as well,” the Indian Hills assistant said of the reasons for McKay’s high level of interest in Indiana. “With him being from Milwaukee, I think Crean definitely catches his eye.”

Despite the accolades and attention he received as a freshman, there’s still plenty of room for McKay to grow.

“His skills on the perimeter are developing. He needs to get a lot stronger,” Skinkis said. ”He has a tough time against more physical post players because once he catches the ball in the post, he’s overmatched strength wise. Strength is a big thing. Defensively, he’s gotta get better still on the ball and working on positioning.”

While there’s still plenty of time for McKay’s recruitment to play out, Skinkis said he believed the Hoosiers were in a strong position.

“They’ve [Indiana] come on pretty strong the last three weeks here.”

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  • Indiana_Banners

    I like that we’re hard after an offensive rebounding presence that should have bulked up significantly by the time he hits campus. With McKay, Perea, and either Jurkin or Davis filling out the frontcourt we have a group that should at least be really active on the glass.

    2013-14 will be an interesting season. It should be a measured step down from this upcoming year’s team, talent-wise, but IU should still be pretty good and will have a number of talented sophomores and a talented pair of seniors to fall back on… Indiana is set up to play at a really high level over the next couple years and getting in early on the 2014/15 classes should maintain that level.

    It is good to be back.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    This guy seems quick on his feet, talented… If he were to bulk up just a bit, maybe 215, 220, he could be a real force.

    Number one priority in my mind for 2013 is still Stan Robinson though. Guy looks really good and I hope we stay in contact with him.

  • ThePureDivine

    It would be nice to get our hands on another great development player!

  • tenaciousIUFan

    Does this mean that Crean is betting on Zellar leaving next year? I guess we will have the same scholarship issue next year.

  • Hoosieriniowa

    Sounds like I will be making the drive 70 miles south this season to take a gander.

  • I really like what I hear about this kid, and I also like how this Hoosiers team is recruiting athletic players. Assuming we get him, the time he suits up for us, he will most definitely be bigger than 200 lbs.  IU looks to be a real handful in the next few years, and with the athleticism that we possess and the depth at each position we should be a force to be reckon with in the Conference. 

  • I really like what I hear about this kid, and I also like how this Hoosiers team is recruiting athletic players. Assuming we get him, the time he suits up for us, he will most definitely be bigger than 200 lbs.  IU looks to be a real handful in the next few years, and with the athleticism that we possess and the depth at each position we should be a force to be reckon with in the Conference. 

  • The Assorted Creams

    If he stays thin, he could be a real force, like Sean Bradley.

  • 888

    When I watched Vic and Will on tv their senior year in HS i thought they looked very active. Always seemed to be around the ball making somekind of play. If this guy is anywhere as active as them Im all for it. Nice size and good athlete. CTC hasnt went after a juco since hes been here so this kid must have something thats unique. CTC has a nose for gems and that along with Codys signing has brought us back.

  • b_side

    I don’t know about being a step down – are you assuming Cody leaves after this season?  If so, I totally get that.  He’s irreplaceable.  

    But if he plays 3 years and we only lose our seniors (Watford/Hulls/Elston/maybe Creek), I see 2013 being more of the same.  We all know the biggest jump in improvement comes between freshman and sophomore year, so I’d envision The Movement (+ Cody if he stays) being a force in 2013.

  • b_side

    I don’t know about being a step down – are you assuming Cody leaves after this season?  If so, I totally get that.  He’s irreplaceable.  

    But if he plays 3 years and we only lose our seniors (Watford/Hulls/Elston/maybe Creek), I see 2013 being more of the same.  We all know the biggest jump in improvement comes between freshman and sophomore year, so I’d envision The Movement (+ Cody if he stays) being a force in 2013.

  • Guest

    If McKay accepts we will be signed 2 over for 2013, 3 if Mo Creek stays. There won’t be room for Robinson unless Cody and one or two of The Movement guys leave after 1 year, which I don’t expect.

  • Timsterd

     Actually Devan Dumes was a JUCO player when Crean brought him in.

  • IUeconAlum

    I like his dew. I wish I could grow that. He just needs some tats like Elston and he’d be total B.A.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Assuming that the way we resolve the scholarship situation doesn’t affect next year. But yes, that’s true. That’s why I’m saying I’d prefer we get Stan Robinson, and then Anya, then this guy. But I’d be happy with whoever. I just don’t like us committing guys so early, especially if we wanna get top flight guys.

  • dtfreed

    you forgot Fish, and Mckay grew and inch and gained 10 pounds from yesterday, Hartman is suppose to come at 6-8

  • hgdownunder

    Really, I don’t think we can compare this recruitment in the current context to that desperation-to-fill-jerseys one.  After all, didn’t Dumes actually contact Crean? (as opposed to the other way around).

  • SCHoosier

    well at least Ron Patterson could suggest his hair stylist:)

  • HoosierKen73

    I kinda like the hair as well…can do without the ‘tatts’ though. Just not real crazy about the tatts. Guess I’m gettin’ old or something. Like the look of a clean team…lol.. But if he’s that good…he can be tattooed totally blue, as far as I’m concerned… Like the comment below about RP’s stylist…  

  • Marcg41470

    But he was also a D-I transfer.

  • Marcg41470

    But he was also a D-I transfer.

  • 888

    yep your right. Ive tried to block out that painful year. Now the nightmares will start again.

  • I’m sorry but I have to disagree with all this talk of CZ leaving after next year or even the year after that. If you look at his family values and his brothers than you will see they all play 4 years because they don’t just play ball but they are also in college for an education. I think if CZ had any plans at all of leaving early for the NBA then he wouldn’t have put so much emphasis on picking the school that he thought had the best business program. We all know he could leave early for the NBA but I personally believe he will play all 4 years for the Hoosiers.

  • He’s going to graduate in three years, so leaving after three seems entirely possible.

  • John

    I’m also (like another writer here) a bit leery about getting so many early commitments.  When a kid commits early but he’s not a top-flight prospect, then that means there’s not a scholarship for the top-flight guy …  but obviously you don’t always know you’ll get the top flight guy (think Gary Harris; so happy we got Hollowell early).  Anyway, McKay reminds me a bit of the guy the Pacers drafted and traded to San Antonio —  Leonard?? — a smallish 4 who rebounds like hell.  But this McKay can shoot it too, from what I saw on the video.  Very nice addition if possible ….

  • Bob319

    Hate to break it to you.  Zeller wil go pro.

  • 888

    I see what your saying but the difference is that Codys alot better than his brothers. Hes probably gonna be the #1 pick in the draft next year and he should not pass on that. Shoot Cody was gonna get picked before Tyler this year. He wnts to be the #1 pick, College all-American,POY,and possibly have a championship ring to boot. I do agree though that if there is any family that would have a kid pass that up to get an education the Zellers fit the mold. Also he can get his degree in the offseason. All you have to do is look at Greg Oden to see what can happen to big men. Imagine if he would have stayed one more year at OSU. Those injuries would have started in college and may not have made 60,000,000 bucks. Way to much to risk my man.