AMES — For Indian Hills basketball fans that were waiting to see Jameel McKay playing major four-year college basketball, there’s good news and bad news.
The bad news is that McKay won’t be playing at a four-year school this year.
The good news, however, is that when McKay returns to the floor, he will do so back in Iowa in Cyclone red and gold.
Despite a choice that will require him to miss the upcoming college basketball season, McKay made the announcement Tuesday night that he has chosen Iowa State as his new home to continue her career. The two-time NJCAA All-American former IHCC star announced over Twitter and officially to the Ames Tribune that he has verbally committed to join the Cyclones.
In a phone interview with the Tribune, McKay cited a long-standing relationship with Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg and his coaching staff, and the Cyclones’ up-tempo style of play as the reasons for choosing to attend ISU. McKay plans on enrolling at the school starting this spring, when the Cyclones will have a scholarship available to offer.
“The relationship I have with the coaching staff,” McKay told the Tribune was his reason for choosing Iowa State, which will mean that McKay won’t be eligible to play until after the 2014 fall semester.
McKay, a forward, had been recruited by Hoiberg during his time at Indian Hills. McKay instead opted for a return to his hometown of Milwaukee by choosing to attend Marquette last summer at the time McKay’s IHCC teammates Dustin Hogue and Richard Amardi signed with Hoiberg and the Cyclones.
McKay was at Marquette only a couple of months before a difference with Golden Eagles’ head coach Buzz Williams made McKay decide to transfer from the school.