“Just disagreements on things is as simple as I can put it,” McKay said about his decision to transfer, which was also based on where Williams envisioned the 6-8 power forward playing on the floor. “Playing out of position was a part of it. I wasn’t comfortable.”
Transfer rules mean that McKay will have to sit out a full year after he enrolls for the spring semester. That would make McKay eligible to play after the 2014 fall semester, leaving McKay eligible to play the final half of his junior season at Iowa State next year before playing a full senior year in 2015-16. Iowa State can also apply to the NCAA for a waiver to have McKay eligible earlier, however.
McKay was a major part of 59 wins in 67 games over two years at Indian Hills, earning a first-team NJCAA All-American honor while averaging a double-double for his Warrior career. McKay finished with 18.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2 blocks per game during his sophomore season.
Illinois, Indiana and Memphis also were on McKay’s radar before choosing to return to the state he called home for the past two years. Known for an up-tempo style that can produce points both by pushing the ball up court and creating extra opportunities on defense, Iowa State’s style of play under Hoiberg is similar to the system McKay thrived in under Barret Peery over his two years at IHCC, allowing McKay extra opportunities to crash the glass up court several times and produce easy baskets in the post.
Ironically, however, McKay choice to come to Iowa State comes after the school ran out of scholarships after bringing in another major transfer from a Division I school in Marshall transfer DeAndre Kane. That transfer took away a scholarship from McKay’s former IHCC teammate Amardi, who has since moved on to the University of Oregon. McKay will have pay his own way for the upcoming spring semester and plans on using the federal Pell grant as well as student loans to help with that cost.