McKay leaving Marquette

MILWAUKEE — Marquette junior forward Jameel McKay is transferring from the program without playing in a game. The junior college transfer announced the news on Twitter in a pair of tweets Thursday morning.

“After long talk with family I will be transferring from MU great place and program now I’m looking forward to searching for a new Home

“I appreciate coaching staff and fans no hard feelings at all GoodLuck to them this year!”

Marquette officially announced McKay’s departure from the program Thursday afternoon, but no reason has been given for why he’s leaving so close to the start of the season.

“We are thankful for the trust of Jameel, his family, and all of his coaches prior to his arrival here for the trust they put in our program and institution,” Marquette head coach Buzz Williams said. “We wish Jameel all the best.”

McKay is a product of Milwaukee Pulaski High School and came to the Golden Eagles after two seasons at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. The 6-foot-8 forward was the first player in school history to be named first team junior college All-American twice, as he averaged 16.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in his career with the Warriors.

McKay, who was the Milwaukee City Conference player of the year in 2010-11, was a big part of Marquette’s consensus top-10 recruiting class. He was expected to contribute right away. While his transfer is a blow to the Golden Eagles, they still have a considerable amount of depth at power forward and center.

Marquette will feel McKay’s loss more in the 2014-15 season after Davante Gardner, Chris Otule and Jamil Wilson graduate. The Golden Eagles have two scholarships left for the class of 2014 and will likely go after frontcourt players to fill the void. 

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