Morgantown, West Virginia – Poca High School junior Isaac McKneely has been named the state’s high school basketball player of the year. The West Virginia Sports Writers Association voted McKneely the top player in the state by a wide margin after an outstanding season by the Poca Dot.
McKneely, a 6’3 guard, averaged 22.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 49 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from three-point range and 82.7 percent from the free throw line in 15 regular season games.
McKneely, who is committed to play college basketball at the University of Virginia, was also named the MaxPreps West Virginia High School Player of the Year as well.
Bob Huggins heavily recruited McKneely, but was unable to keep the most talented player in the state home. McKneely is the 49th ranked prospect in the Class of 2022 by 247Sports. He held offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina State, Purdue, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Xavier.
McKneely, a humble, team-first player, said the following when he learned that he won the state player of the year: “To win state player of the year, that’s a big blessing. It’s amazing to hear, but I couldn’t do it without my teammates and coaches. They were awesome all year.”