Because his grades also needed serious work, McKay's decision to attend Indian Hills was made fairly easy. Now asserting himself as one of the better rebounders in the junior college ranks in 2013, his recruitment is heating up markedly.
McKay's latest offer came yesterday from the University of Memphis, and he said he was ecstatic to hear from Memphis coach Josh Pastner.
"It's a dream come true in terms of getting an offer," McKay said. "I've always looked at Memphis as one of the top programs in the country."
McKay said he was especially delighted to hear the news about the Tigers moving to the Big East in 2013-2014. "That's especially what I'm looking at," McKay said. "It'd be a good opportunity for me to go back home to play to Marquette and even DePaul. It gives my family a chance to see me in person at least once or twice a year."
The 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward is averaging 15 points and 9 rebounds a game at Indian Hills. He said the time at the junior college has allowed him to develop, both as a player and student.
"(I came here because of sub-par) grades and I really wasn't as talented," he said. "I got talented here. It came out to be a great thing, because I reopened my recruitment and now I'm getting recruited by lots of programs around the country."
McKay said his early impressions of Pastner are positive.
"I believe that me and him … we're gonna develop a good relationship over the next couple months as my recruitment starts to heat up," McKay said. "He's a cool person. He seems to be outgoing."
Brian Snow's evaluation from April 2011: Jameel McKay, PF, T.P. Elite – Granted he is an unsigned senior playing against younger competition, but McKay had an unbelievable performance against Ferrari. McKay is an athlete extraordinaire who plays with a non-stop motor. McKay had to have a triple-double with points, blocks, and rebounds, and was simply everywhere to help his team get the win.