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.”