Iowa State’s new forward, Jameel McKay, won the YMCA Capital City League MVP award while also leading his team to a championship.
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"McKay, a 6-foot-9 center who will give the Cyclones a shot-blocking dimension they haven’t had in a while, scored 34 points and grabbed 18 rebounds during a 111-106 title-game victory against ADIO Chiropractic at the Valley Southwoods Freshman High School on Sunday night.McKay, the league MVP, was followed in scoring by Hallice Cooke‘s 18 points and 10 assists. He’ll sit out the 2014-15 season after transferring from Oregon State."
It was a busy Sunday for McKay. Earlier that day, Walnut Creek beat Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Atlantic, 123-120, in a semifinal. McKay also led the team with 32 points; Cooke was closer with 31 points compared to his outcome in the final.
The most shocking statistic of the event: McKay averaged 19 rebounds per game. That’s the new league record.
If McKay was able to participate in the dunk contest, he likely would have been the favorite to win that title as well despite some of the trash talk that Dustin Hogue sent his way.
Remember, McKay will be ineligible to play for the Cyclones until December 20th. There is a chance that he will be available at an earlier date according to the DMR about a month ago, but nothing is for certain.
As of now, McKay will miss the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City and games against Arkansas and Iowa. His first game will be against Drake in Des Moines on his very first day of eligibility.
McKay’s numbers at the YMCA Cap City League should be taken with a grain of salt, but his dominance and continuity should give Cyclone fans plenty to be excited about whenever he’s able to step on the court for Iowa State.
Photo H/T: YMCA CapCity League Twitter account