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Jameel McKay signs with Australian pro team

Former Cyclone Jameel McKay is heading to the outback.

The Milwaukee native has signed a deal with the Perth Wildcats of the National Basketball League in Australia.

The 6-foot-9-inch forward averaged 11.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as a senior on last year’s Sweet 16 team. He was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a junior after blocking 2.4 shots per game.

McKay played two seasons at Indian Hills Community College before transferring to Marquette in 2013. He arrived in Ames for the spring semester in 2014 then sat out the second half of that season plus the first half of 2014-15.

McKay became a marquee player during his two seasons in Ames with his defensive prowess, ability to run in transition and high-flying ability when catching lobs.

“His reach, his ability to protect the basket and contest shots. The shots he doesn’t block, he changes. He’s perfect for what we need,” Wildcats assistant Adam Forde said in a press release. “He also has the ability to get out and run himself, so if we can keep protecting the paint, and get the ball out in transition, it’s going to be hard for teams to keep up with that up-tempo style of play.”

The Wildcats could essentially be considered the Boston Celtics  of Australian professional basketball. The franchise has won seven championships, including last season, and has appeared all 30 NBL Finals since 1987.

McKay is the third, and final, import player on the roster joining former Louisiana Tech guard Jaron Johnson and former Florida guard Casey Prather.

Safe to say McKay found himself a pretty good home.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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