Morgan McKay believes his is a Division I basketball player.
And so did four other schools that were willing to give the 6-foot-8, 215-pounder an offer to walk-on and earn a scholarship.
“It came down to four colleges, Boston University, UNC Greensboro, Arkansas State and App State, where my parents went to school.
“I was familiar with coach (Mike) Balado and his staff from when he was at Louisville because my cousin (Luke Hancock) played there. And I was familiar with what is going on at Arkansas State and I like the way things are going there.”
Assistant coach Casey Stanley reached out to McKay not long after he joined Balado’s staff and the courtship began.
“I knew the coaches well and I was aware of the culture at Arkansas State,’’ he said. “I admire what is going on over there. You could tell the coaches were really invested in me and giving me the chance to be a better player.
McKay attended Christ School in Asheville, N.C., about an 1.5 hours from his home town of Banner Elk.
“My hometown school is very small and there was just not a lot of opportunity for athletic advancement,” he said. “Christ School is one of the top programs in the state and also competes on the national level.”
He said he averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds a game as a senior.
“I think my strength is I can shoot it well for a big guy and I am able to stretch the floor,’’ he said. “The coaches talked to me about playing the four spot. I also feel like I can go in a bang some.”
McKay, who still has not visited Jonesboro, said he plans to move in June and attend the second summer school session.
Aside from the walk-on offers, McKay had a pair of Division II offers.