Iowa State men’s basketball: Former two-time NJCAA All-American signs with the Cyclones


One day after the Iowa State men’s basketball team loses a basketball player, Jameel McKay will officially become a Cyclone.

Dec 2, 2013; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones center Percy Gibson (24) grabs a rebound against the Auburn Tigers at James H. Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones beat the Tigers 99-70. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

McKay discusses why he decided to transfer to Ames after he picked Marquette in the Cyclones’ official press release:

"“The relationship I have with the coaches and the style of play were big factors in choosing Iowa State,” McKay said. “I like to play an up tempo style and Coach Hoiberg runs an NBA style offense that will compliment my game. I’m looking forward to getting to Iowa State and playing with the guys.”"

Back on November 5th, McKay committed to Iowa State after he decided to leave Marquette in October.

McKay transferred from Indian Hills Community College to Marquette where he committed back on June 2nd, 2012. The 6-foot-8, 190-pound power forward is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Just how good is McKay? The forward made the NJCAA All-American first team two times. In his 25 games with Indian Hills, McKay averaged 10.5 rebounds per game (11th nationally), 103 of his 262 total rebounds were on the offensive end, and he had 50 blocks.

The former NJCAA standout isn’t bad offensively either, shooting a 57.6 field goal percentage (47th nationally).

McKay will be eligible to play for the Cyclones beginning on December 20th next season.