With summer school beginning today, Charles McKinney is ready to begin that journey.
The 6-4 wing, who originally hails from the Chicago area (while attending Maine East), and prepped at Quality Education Academy (QEA) in North Carolina this past year, is ready to contribute to the rebuilding process that head coach Oliver Purnell is trying to instill.
Purnell is known for his up-tempo full court style of ball a system McKinney not only loves, but also thrives in.
"I love his system," said McKinney when referring to Purnell's coaching philosophies. "It's something I'm looking forward to."
McKinney is fresh off a season at QEA in which he averaged 12.6 points per game. McKinney was among four players on QEA who averaged in double figures.
However, what separates McKinney from his peers is his ability to defend. McKinney is well known for his defensive prowess (he led QEA in steals with 4.2 a game, as well as 17 deflections), and it's a part of his game he takes seriously.
"I take a lot of pride in my defense," admitted McKinney. "It got me to where I am today. It's something I work really hard on."
While McKinney loves defense, he is not a one-trick pony. McKinney is a multi-dimensional active guard that brings many intangibles to the table. McKinney loves slashing to the basket and attacking the rim.
"I can shoot (too)," said McKinney when referring to his offensive game. "I can knock down the open shot"
For the time being, McKinney is getting ready to attend classes at DePaul this week for the first time. McKinney also plans to be part of DePaul's roster when they head to France in August for some exhibition contests.
McKinney said he is constantly in the gym working on his game and getting ready for his freshman campaign.
"(I'm) practicing, working hard (and) just getting ready for next season," McKinney added.
Charles is ambitious with his goals, and he is expecting great things in his time at DePaul.
"I'm gonna shock the world," McKinney concluded.
DePaul's McKinney Ready to "Shock the World"
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