Reports: Indiana has offered junior college forward McKay

According to several reports, including one from Slam Magazine’s Dave Spahn, Indiana has offered a scholarship to Jameel McKay, who just finished his freshman year at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa and would be part of the Class of 2013.

Mike Pegram of Peegs.com wrote a story about McKay earlier today. The 6-foot-8, 190-pounder averaged 14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game on a 33-4 team this season and averaged 15.3 points and 12.5 rebounds in the NJCAA Division I national tournament.

UPDATE, 4:57 p.m.: Indian Hills coach Barret Peery confirmed that Indiana has offered McKay. He said Indiana coach Tom Crean and assistant Steve McClain were in Iowa today and said they have shown interest in McKay for about two months.

“He’s a 6-8, 6-9 long, active athlete,” Peery said. “He’s great around the rim. He faces and shoots the ball some. He’s high energy, high motor.”

Peery said that McKay has actually bulked up to about 200, 205 pounds even though he’s still listed on the roster at 190. That still makes him something of a combination of a small and power forward. Peery said he’s more of a four-man, but that he can defend any position from shooting guard to power forward. He has good range, but Peery said he needs work on his perimeter ball handling.

Peery said Iowa State has also offered a scholarship and Illinois, Memphis, Missouri and Oklahoma have also showed heavy interest. Peery said McKay, a Milwaukee native, came to junior college because of grades but is currently holding a healthy grade point average around 2.5 or 2.6.

5 comments

  1. Aruss, he gained 15 lbs during the last year at the JUCO. He’s now 205. He’ll be at least 215 by the time he begins playing DI BB.

  2. I’m sorry, but 2.5 is not a “healthy” GPA. He may be a fine player and a fine person, but 2.5 is more like “barely passing”.

  3. Yeah, I had the same thought myself. I imagine they see lots of guys that have struggled academically. A 2.5 might be considered a victory.

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