Morgantown, West Virginia – Junior Isaac McKneely, the 6’4 guard from Poca, West Virginia, is skyrocketing up the high school basketball recruit rankings. McKneely, a four star prospect, is currently the 50th ranked overall player and 9th ranked shooting guard in the 2022 class.
Although he has offers from Indiana, Virginia, NC State, Ohio State, Illinois, Louisville, Marshall, Maryland, Purdue, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, among many others, it’s believed that he will ultimately stay home and end up playing for the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Make no mistake about it, it’s imperative for Bob Huggins to convince Isaac McKneely to stay home and come play for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Although Huggins doesn’t value keeping in-state talent in West Virginia like Neal Brown does, this is a player that Huggins just can’t miss on.
West Virginia doesn’t often have players like this come along and it’s incredibly important for future recruiting to keep the best home. McKneely has visited Morgantown and called his experience “amazing.” He’s built a relationship with Bob Huggins and many of the West Virginia players, and although he will be promised the world by all of the top coaches and basketball programs around the country, there’s simply nothing better than playing for your home state.
Christian Kezmarsky of Basketball Player Development on Wildcat Select said of McKneely: “Knock down shooter, high level bounce, great decision maker. Multiple offers already and interest through the roof. #1 ranked player in the state of West Virginia.”
According to Kezmarksy, McKneely “works harder than probably any kid I know. I feel like a lot of kids talk about how many shots they get up a day but Isaac is in there working every single day. He’s really taking his body serious right now and working hard to add size and muscle. He’s going to be scary good for whatever program gets him. You can count on him to continue doing everything in his power to get better day by day. He’s one of the most offensively gifted high school kids I’ve seen in a long time.”
Isaac McKneely is the type of in-state prospect that doesn’t come along very often and he is a player that Bob Huggins must keep home. Although he is only a junior and has a long road ahead of him, hopefully that road leads up I-79 to his new home in Morgantown.
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