NBPA: Travis McKie Spotlight

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. --- As soon as college coaches were allowed to call rising juniors on June 15, Travis McKie's phone starting ringing.

"First it was Texas, Florida and Clemson," McKie recalled. "Then Oklahoma, VCU, Virginia, [Virginia] Tech. And then UNC, Kansas State, Miami. I think that's it – it's hard to remember them all."

The Monday night call from the Tar Heel staff caught the 6-6 forward off guard.

"It's 10-o-clock, colleges had stopped calling at 5 and I was about to go to sleep because I had to be here [at the NBPA Camp] in the morning," the ever-gregarious McKie said. "I get a call from 919 [area code] and I'm wondering, ‘Who is this?'

"‘This is Roy Williams from the University of North Carolina.' And I was like, ‘Oh! Hey!' I was shocked, because I thought if they called me it'd be [assistant coach] Steve Robinson. I didn't expect he would call me."

The message from Williams was clear. McKie is high up on their recruiting board and they'll be keeping a close eye on him this summer.

"He said they were very, very interested and they'd see me in July," McKie said, referring to the summer evaluation period that includes camps and AAU tournaments.

Meanwhile, this week at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, McKie is surrounded by Tar Heel influences that are hard to ignore in roommates/teammates Leslie McDonald and Kendall Marshall, both UNC commitments.

"Kendall came in with a UNC Under Armour, some UNC shorts and some light blue socks," McKie laughed. "And Leslie's rocking the UNC baseball hat.

"I laugh it off, but I do pay attention to it because I see if I do go there, I'd get along with the teammates."

McKie has four scholarships thus far, all from ACC schools – Maryland and Boston College joined Virginia and Virginia Tech this week – and he expects more offers to roll in by the end of the summer. And if an offer comes from UNC? He admits that'd make him stop and think

"That'd be tough, because that's my dream school," he said. "I wouldn't just commit, but I'd need to think about it."

McKie is sorting through the schools that are calling – "I'm starting to get it in my mind which schools I may trim down to later" – and is planning on taking some unofficial visits in the fall. His first priority, however, is to decide what high school he'll be attending in the fall.

By early July, he'll either elect to return to Richmond (Va.) John Marshall or transfer to Richmond (Va.) Benedictine. He added that Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell is also an option. Recent Benedictine alum and just-enrolled Tar Heel Ed Davis has been in his ear. "Ed calls me every week," McKie said.

His offensive production has been down this week at the NBPA Camp, as he's struggled to find his rhythm and a role on his team, but he's ready to prove his abilities as a small forward this summer after playing in the post this spring.

"That's not my college position," McKie said of playing in the post. "I need to work on my college position. I'm like a 3-4 combo."

And he'll finally get that opportunity on the AAU circuit next month.

"I'll be playing the three at the Peach Jam," McKie said.

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