McKay sheds light on decision to transfer from Marquette


Jameel McKay was not happy in his role at Marquette, prompting his decision to transfer.

Jameel McKay was expected to be part of Marquette’s frontcourt in 2013 and take on an even larger role in 2014, but he made the decision to transfer last week based on what exactly that would have encompassed.

“(It was) just disagreements on things, is as simple as I can put it,” McKay told Paint Touches. “Playing out of position was a part of it. I wasn’t comfortable (in the role they had him in).”

McKay politely declined to delve further into his situation or what that meant specifically, but he was expected to see time at power forward behind Jamil Wilson and potentially center behind Chris Otule and Davante Gardner. Paint Touches projected McKay to start at center in 2014 following the departures of the three aforementioned seniors.

Rumors floated around the Internet shortly after his decision that grades may have played a factor, but that was not the case. McKay is still enrolled at Marquette and attending classes, which he will do through the semester before transferring.

And he’ll have his pick of suitors. McKay told Paint Touches that he has heard from the following schools: Florida, Arizona, Iowa State, Gonzaga, Louisville, Arkansas, Arizona State, San Diego State, Minnesota, Miami, Tennessee, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Wichita State, UNLV and UCLA.

“Buzz is a good dude and I respect him,” McKay said. “But I simply believe I can put myself in (a) better situation.”

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3 Comments on “McKay sheds light on decision to transfer from Marquette”

  1. October 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    What a baby! You had the the chance of a lifetime. Free education and guaranteed degree. Just silly. Buzz needs to be careful recruiting MKE kids who did so poorly in high school they have to go the JC route. No matter how easy we make it for the players, its still a challenge.

  2. Loren
    October 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    It’s McKay’s choice but looking at Buzz’s track record I’d put my bet with him. Marquette players under Buzz have a reputation of being solid, hardworking no nonsense team, overachieving players. They also have one of the best networking systems in the country.

  3. Chris Columbo
    November 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    We have to remember these are young kids and playing sports at the high D-1 level and balancing academics is not easy. McKay is used to being the star and of course he has to prove himself at Marquette which is hard work and adjusting to Buzz Williams system. I heard he was frequently not showing up on time etc which is an important part of the team discipline. It is too bad his family didn’t encourage him to tough it out.

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