Report: Juco forward Jameel McKay to Marquette

  • 06/02/2012 2:18 pm in

Jameel McKay, a class of 2013 junior college prospect from Indian Hills Community College (IA) with an offer from Indiana, has given a verbal commitment to Marquette according to JucoRecruiting.com:

McKay, a Milwaukee native, said being back in his hometown near family was also a major factor in his decision. He said, “Nobody is getting any younger and to have the opportunity to have my family see my play during my final two years was very important.”

Indiana had scouted McKay, an All-American last season at Indian Hills,  heavily in April and offered a scholarship on April 18.

But given their high interest in BeeJay Anya and Marcus Lee and four verbal commitments already secured, it’s unclear how hard the Hoosiers had been recruiting McKay in recent weeks.

McKay will be one of the top returning frontcourt player in the JUCO ranks following his freshman season where he averaged 14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

Inside the Hall’s 2013 recruiting board has been updated to reflect McKay’s commitment.

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  • Kelin Blab

      Milla I am going IU wins a title in 3 years or less. 2015 final 4 is in Indy…just saying.

    Next season IU is a national title contending team. Can’t say for
    certain the following year, despite being LOADED with talent. Zeller
    holds the key to the 2013-14 season.

    If no title in 5 years or a final 4….Mike Davis may be on speed dial (just kidding folks…Crean is here to stay)

  • 888

    I agree with all you said. CTC has a great thing going and were just at the beggining of it. It will be a new model for coaches to follow.

  • Geoff_85

    Let’s not forget about his AAU buddy – Mr. Stanford Robinson – jockeying for IU heavily. I still think IU has a good shot at Anya, but we need to remember that we aren’t going to get them all, and even if we don’t get to see Anya in an Indiana uniform, IU will still have a really good frontcourt with Fischer and Jurkin. Those two are really underrated and I can’t wait for them to show that to everyone.

  • ScoopGeoff

    1. McKay wasn’t a great big.  
    2. Anya may be a very good big, and potentially great defensively
    3. We have 3 potentially good, to very good, bigs that I mentioned
    4. Name all the great bigs that will be in college in the 2013-14 season (only one season until we get Trey)

    5. YOUR STATEMENT IS A FALLACY! Of the last 20 NCAA champions only a few have been led by dominant big men.

    2012 – UK, yes…. Davis 
    2011 – UConn, no… Best players were Lamb and Walker
    2010 – Duke, no… Led by Singler, Smith, and Scheyer
    2009 – UNC, sorta… Hansborough I guess qualifies
    2008 – KU, no… Led by Chalmers and Rush
    2007 – UF, yes… Noah and Horford
    2006 – UF, yes…
    2005 – UNC, no… May was solid, but no more important than McCants or Felton
    2004 – UConn, yes… Okafor was the best player that year
    2003 – Syracuse, no… Melo and McNamara
    2002 – Maryland, no… That team was about Blake and Dixon more than Baxter and Wilcox
    2001 – Duke, no… Battier, Williams, and Dunleavy
    2000 – MSU, no…  MoPete, Cleaves, and Richardson
    1999 – UConn, no… Rip and El-Amin
    1998 – UK, no… Sorry, but Nazr Muhammed doesn’t qualify
    1997 – UofA, no… Simon, Bibby, Terry
    1996 – UK, nope… completely perimeter w/ Walker, Delk, Mercer, etc
    1995 – UCLA, no… Edney, O’Bannon, and Bailey (not George Zidek)
    1994 – Arkansas, no… Corliss Williamson was a undersized banger, and they were more about 3-pt shooting and pressure defense
    1993 – UNC, no… was Montross “great”? More about Williams, Lynch, and Phelps

    By my count that is 4.5 out of 20 (I can’t give Hansborough a full credit).  The overwhelming trend has been that outstanding perimeter play wins championships… Sorry.  You need solid, bigs that can defend and rebound a little. Scoring is a bonus most of the time.  I think Fischer, Jurkin, and especially Perea will be solid enough to allow IU to contend if they have outstanding perimeter play.

  • I’m still trying to figure how we even have room for another 2013 commitment, but a lot can happen between now and the start of that year. 

  • blazinhazin

    Wasn’t Montross a first-team All-American?  At least a second team.  Ed obannon was the college player of the year. .  Corlius williamson was undersized, but he was a post-player nonetheless and his team’s best player.  The 2010 Duke team didn’t have stars down low, but the Plumlees were highly rated recruits. Same with 08 Kansas- good players who were highly rated recruits and then nba journey men.

    i agree that a lot of these teams were perimeter oriented, but most of these teams had good players down low.  If Zeller leaves and we don’t get Anya, we’ll likely have a a void at the center/power forward positions.  Hope I’m wrong, but i dont’ think Fisher and jurkin will be ready in the 2013-14 season.   Perea’s important, but there’s still a void.  If Zeller stays and/or Anya commits, problem solved.  Lyles will obviously help in this regard as well the next year.

    My point is we’re probably a good post player away from being a top 10 team in 2013-14 season.   As for mckay, I kind of think he was more of a backup plan for Anya. I’m not saying Anya’s a sure thing to commit, nor am I saying McKay won’t be good, but i can’t imagine we’d take McKay before we knew Anya’s status.  Nor can I picture us getting 6 verbal commitments in this class.

  • blazinhazin

    Wasn’t Montross a first-team All-American?  At least a second team.  Ed obannon was the college player of the year. .  Corlius williamson was undersized, but he was a post-player nonetheless and his team’s best player.  The 2010 Duke team didn’t have stars down low, but the Plumlees were highly rated recruits. Same with 08 Kansas- good players who were highly rated recruits and then nba journey men.

    i agree that a lot of these teams were perimeter oriented, but most of these teams had good players down low.  If Zeller leaves and we don’t get Anya, we’ll likely have a a void at the center/power forward positions.  Hope I’m wrong, but i dont’ think Fisher and jurkin will be ready in the 2013-14 season.   Perea’s important, but there’s still a void.  If Zeller stays and/or Anya commits, problem solved.  Lyles will obviously help in this regard as well the next year.

    My point is we’re probably a good post player away from being a top 10 team in 2013-14 season.   As for mckay, I kind of think he was more of a backup plan for Anya. I’m not saying Anya’s a sure thing to commit, nor am I saying McKay won’t be good, but i can’t imagine we’d take McKay before we knew Anya’s status.  Nor can I picture us getting 6 verbal commitments in this class.

  • millzy32

    Chicks dig the long ball.  I know it’s a baseball reference but I guess it kind of applies to the 3 point shot as well.

  • plane1972

    This is sure to be unpopular to some, but I think it says more about the adults who follow the statements of kids on Twitter than it does about the kids themselves. Sure, if I’m a school administrator or a coach recruiting someone, I probably follow what they have to say, but fans following is a bit much. Kids are young and dumb (we all were) and make poor judgements. A little voyeuristic in my opinion.

  • Kokomo_Joe

    In reality, Fischer and PJ fit IU’s transitional tempo and style better than the 6’9″ 260lb Anya. It would be great to have all 3 of those guys with Hanner as the PF.  We would have power and athleticism.  When we play MSU, we can match up.  When we play a team like UK or Louisville in the tournament, we will match up.  No matter what style we play against, we would have 4 horses to rotate through the PF and C spots who can play solid defense, dunk, rebound, block shots and make FT’s.  It is great that we have Cody right now, but the sum of these 4 guys could yield us even better results.

  • IUisAwesome

    Best luck to him.  Now we have a shot at Anya/and or Lee.  We kinda need a shooter for the 2013 class that can contribute right away.

  • DarkSouth

    1.  I wasn’t commenting on McKay.
    2.  Agree
    3.  Agree
    4.  Can’t project that far out.
     
    I was just commenting on the “perimeter oriented game” part.  Good guards are much easier to find than good big men.  Not saying they have to be Anthony Davis level dominate, but great teams need good bigs.
     
    Anyway, of the teams you listed without a “dominate” big man:
     
    2011:  yes:  Alex Oriakhi, former 5-star recruit, was a dominate rebounder/defender and third in scoring.  Should have got more shots, his offensive efficiency was as almost exactly the same as Walker and Lamb (all three were good).
     
    2010:  Not sure.  Zoubek did lead the nation in offensive rebounding and was brick wall on defense.  He was also in the top 60 in the nation in offensive efficiency, far higher than Singler and Smith.  They had 2 Plumlees and Ryan Kelly in the rotation.  It was a pretty impressive amount of talent inside, even if they didn’t get the ball on offense. 
     
    2009:  Yes.  Not giving a National Player of the Year, the All-time ACC leading scorer, 4-time First Team All-ACC credit as a big man is just absurd. 
     
    2008:  Yes.  Darrell Arthur was First Team All-Big12 and a first round pick.  Darnell Jackson was pretty solid as well.  that team had 4 scorers between 13 ppg and 11ppg with Arthur and Jackson being two of them.  Arthur averaged the same as Chalmers and Jackson was in the top 40 nationally in offensive efficiency.
     
    2005:  May was a stud in college.  Led that team in scoring and rebounding (17.5 and 11) and shot about 57%. 
     
    2003:  Hakim Warrick was a heck of a college player.  He put up 15 and 8.5 and was All-Big East and later became the conference Player of the Year.
     
    2002:  Baxter and Wilcox were pretty good college players.  Baxter put up 15 and 8 that season, Wilcox put up good numbers, too.  They were both All-ACC selections.
     
    2001:  Boozer was young, but had a good season and was 3rd on that team in scoring.   
     
    Anytime before this I don’t really remember and don’t have time to do research.  However, off the top of my head:

    1998:  Scott Padgett was 1st team All-American for UK.  And Mohammed and Magloire would be a solid tandem to pair with an All-American.

    1994:  Corliss Williamson was a 2-time SEC Player of the Year. 

    1993:  Montross was a 2-time All American.   

  • Outoftheloop

    I totally disagree. Indiana is right on track for 2013. Four good ones lined up and 2 great recruiting prospects for the last remaining spot. Either Anya or Lee will make this a spectacular class. We will love Fischer and he will start whenever Cody moves up to the NBA. IU has a lot of guards, but maybe none better to slide from shooting over to point than Robinson (and go Big on defense). Devin Davis will have a great career as the All-B1G 6th man. Hartman will defend, rebound, and shoot lights out (sort of like Tom Abernathy did). Anya or Lee will be stars (in IU’s two and done system-it started with Isaiah).

  • Outoftheloop

     Good information and analysis.

  • ScoopGeoff

    2011 – Oriakhi is such a dominant post presence that he averaged 21 minutes, 7 pts, and 5 rebs this year (I’m rounding up to be generous). Maybe he was actually the beneficiary of great PG play last year… hmmm

    2010 – sure those guys were okay, but none of them even averaged 20 minutes a game.  That Duke team won because Smith/Scheyer/Singler all averaged over 35 minutes and 17 ppg.

    2009 – Fine, I’ll give Tyler full credit

    2008 – Those guys were good, but they were also 4th and 5th on the team in minutes per game, and almost behind Sheron Collins as well.  The team was more perimeter oriented.

    2005 – May was a good college player, and great in that national championship game, but I watched that UNC team a ton that year because my college teammate was buddies with McCants from prep school, and May benefitted hugely from Felton’s control over the game and McCant’s scoring ability. That team was one of the best 3-pt shooting teams in the country with 3 of their top scorers shooting over 42% from distance, and another one at 38%.  May wasn’t a defensive stopper by any means either.

    2003 – Hakim Warrick = Hanner Perea

    2002 – Wilcox is essentially the same level recruit as Perea, and I’d be shocked if Fischer didn’t end up more highly rated than
    Baxter (80).

    2001 – Boozer came off the bench for that team.  Battier was the heart-and-sole on defense, Jay Williams was the best offensive player in the country, and Dunleavy broke out that year on his way to being the #3 player taken in the NBA draft.

    1998 – Padgett was no more a “big” than Watford is… essentially the same type player

    1994 – yessss, Williamson was very good, but he was also 6’7” tops, and wasn’t a traditional post player either offensively or defensively.  His strength was creating mismatches exploiting them either way. He played SF in the NBA.

    1993 – Fine. Montross was very good.  I just hate saying it.

  • marcusgresham

    At least no one sent the kid nasty responses like the UK fans have been doing to the kid who just committed to Louisville.  Classless rednecks.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    That’s true. With a couple exceptions… I think there was a football recruit that deadspin did an article on who was always tweeting vulgar things about getting with a lot of women and getting high. I think he also tweeted an inappropriate picture. Long story short, a lot of schools seemed to back off his recruitment. These guys, even though they’re kids, still need to be careful what they tweet.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    If we don’t make a final four in the next 5 years, I actually will be a little worried.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    That’s probably Hartman and Robinson. Even though, yes, Hartman will probably ride the pine for awhile. Our perimeter shooter will probably be Etherington.
    But I’m still hoping some situation plays out where we can get Semi Ojeleye AND Lee/Anya.