Currently, All-Ohio Force is in Orlando for the Super Showcase and AAU Nationals.
McKenzie is playing up a year with All-Ohio Force, a 17U team. The year before, he played with the All-Ohio Red 16U team. He made the switch because he felt All-Ohio Force was a better team for him. McKenzie said, "They play as a team. It doesn't matter who scores. Also, the way they play matches the strengths of my game."
McKenzie says his game is comparable to NBA star Dirk Nowitzki. He says he can play facing the basket or with his back to the basket. He can also defensively guard both on the perimeter and in the post.
As for his high school team, Cincinnati Moeller, he will have to be the man next season. McKenzie said, "We lost nine seniors. I will have to be one of the leaders in scoring. We will have a good squad, better than people think."
In the process of playing this summer, his interest from schools has picked up. McKenzie said the schools interested in him are "Miami(OH), Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Butler, Purdue, Iowa, Ohio State, West Virginia, Wright State, Indiana, Xavier, Wisconsin, Dayton, and Michigan." Of those, only Cincinnati and Miami have offered a scholarship. At this early stage, McKenzie said his leaders are "Notre Dame, Xavier, Butler, Ohio State and both Cincinnati and Miami because they have offered me."
Of the schools interested in him, he said he has taken unofficial visits to all of them except for Notre Dame, Michigan, Iowa, and Wisconsin. He has also taken a visit to Kentucky. McKenzie will take a visit to Notre Dame in September after the AAU season is over.
McKenzie mentioned six visits that really went well: Xavier, Purdue, Kentucky, Dayton, Butler, and Miami. He liked Xavier because of the style of play. Particularly, he was shown how he would be used as a power forward that can also go outside. As for Purdue, he said he liked the coaches there and the Boilermakers style of play.
McKenzie visited Miami during Miami's team camp in which Moeller was participating. McKenzie said, "It went very well. The coaches showed me around campus. I got to see the academic buildings. They showed me what it would be like to be a student-athlete. Then they offered me at the end of the visit." McKenzie also said the Miami coaching staff was "very friendly" and described the program as having a "family atmosphere."
McKenzie said he will make a decision in the spring after his junior season at Moeller is over. One factor in his decision will be his teammates. McKenzie indicated that he plays well with his All-Ohio Force teammates Bill Edwards and Allen Roberts, both of whom have Miami offers. McKenzie added, "I would consider playing with them in college."
McKenzie is a good student who "enjoys the education process." He maintains a G.P.A. of 3.8.
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