Big Personality, Big Game For McKie

He's got personality and talent, not to mention numerous post-season accolades in his area. 2010's Travis McKie is a name to remember out of Richmond.

There's a young man in Richmond, Va., that is forcing programs to take early looks at him. Travis McKie, a 6-foot-6 small forward out of Marshall High, recently was named conference player of the year and all-region.

McKie's 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 helpers a game are impressive. Combine the numbers with perimeter touch and ability to go off the bounce and you're talking about a national level recruit. Programs have moved swiftly to lay eyes on him.

"Most of the schools are watching right now," McKie said of program's involvement. "They're seeing how I come along. The only school that probably wants a commitment is Virginia Tech; they're the only school that has an offer out to me."

The Hokies were first but they'll have company before too long. McKie has visited North Carolina unofficially, Virginia, Maryland and VCU. McKie's a college basketball junkie. Now he's got good reason to pay attention to the details.

"You watch for who the school is recruiting and what type of system they run," McKie said.

For a sophomore, McKie's has plenty of self-awareness. What does he see when he looks into the mirror? "A versatile player who will do anything to win. A small forward that is developing every day to be the best he can be."

McKie has the makings of a kid who breaks out on the traveling team circuit this spring. The Boo Williams will embrace it should he make waves but won't rush his development. "(Success) comes with patience. Like the new (Michael Jordan) commercial, the only thing better than courage is patience."

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