Mar 27, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Marquette Golden Eagles head coach Buzz Williams speaks to the media during a press conference the day before the semifinals of the East regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Marquette (JUCO) Recruit Focus: Jameel McKay



Position:  Power Forward

Size:  6-foot-8 205 pounds

Junior College:  Indian Hills Community College with two years of eligibility remaining


Freshman:   14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, and shot 62% from the field – named a first team junior college All-American.

Sophomore:  17.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, and shot 57.6% from the field – named a first team junior college All-American.

Recruiting Ranks: 4-star recruit 4-star recruit

247Sports 5th ranked JUCO recruit and 1st ranked PF


McKay has a high motor to go with his significant length.  Most of his offensive game is played within 10 feet of the basket, but he can step out and hit the open 3.  He can handle the ball in transition and through the lane, and his vision to find open teammates is sound.  His intesnsity may best be exemplified with his aggression on the offensive glass.  He prides himself on his tenacity to hunt down offensive rebounds.  As solid as his offensive game his, his defense may be just as good if not better.  He has the ability to guard every position on the court, and he will.

“He plays a high-energy type of game.  He’s a multiple-position defender. He can really run in transition as well as (guard) multiple spots. He’s doing a better job on the perimeter with his ball handling and being able to shoot the ball some. He’s a really high-energy, high-activity, high-motor guy.” – Indian Hills coach Barret Peery


McKay has said himself that he needs to improve his off the ball defense and that he has got to get stronger.  Building strength is something that can be accomplished over the summer if he’s dedicated.  And if getting better on defense away from the ball is his only area of concern, then the rest of the Big East better watch out.

How he will fit in:

Marquette is going to have a loaded front court with Chris Otule, Davante Gardner, Jamil Wilson, Steve Taylor and now Jameel McKay.  It’s been said over and over this week while previewing Marquette’s newcomers, but Buzz Williams likes substitutions and keeping players fresh or playing the hot hand.  When you have this many options at your disposal making such moves is easy.  On average, I’d expect even playing for the five on any given night – somewhere in the 25 minute range.  All five players are talented, but McKay could prove to be the most explosive.  Buzz has had a successful history with JUCO transfers  – Jae Crowder is probably their most notable given he is Marquette’s lone Big East Player of the Year winner – and it looks that he has another good one on his hands for the next two years.

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