West Virginia Basketball’s Next Homegrown Superstar

Isaac McKneely, the 6’3 sophomore guard from Poca, is a four star recruit and was recently upgraded to the 77th ranked player in the 2022 class.

Although West Virginia Head Coach 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.  Make no mistake about it, it’s imperative for Huggins to convince McKneely to stay home and come play for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

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 a commitment to play for the Mountaineers seems more and more likely every day.

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.”

McKneely’s scholarship offer list currently includes Davidson, Liberty, Marshall, Louisville, Kansas State, Robert Morris, Stetson, Xavier, Virginia Tech, and of course, West Virginia.  247 Sports has the Mountaineers listed as “Warm” on his interest level and all other schools as “Cool”, while Rivals FanFutureCast lists West Virginia as 50% likely to land him.

Although Bob Huggins’ offer came later than hoped, it had to have been incredibly meaningful to the West Virginia-born phenom. McKneely will only be a junior next season and has a long road ahead of him, but hopefully that road leads up I-79 to his new home in Morgantown.