NCAA Basketball class of 2022 guard Isaac McKneely is down to eight programs.
One of the top guards in the 2022 NCAA Basketball recruiting class has come one step closer to making a decision on his future home. Isaac McKneely is a 6’4 combo guard out of Poca, West Virginia, and averaged over 22 ppg last season as a sophomore while making 45% of his three-point attempts.
A natural shooting guard with good ball-handling skills to boot, McKneely is a consensus four-star prospect with over a dozen high-major offers. Several top-tier programs have been after the West Virginia native for a while, with an official list now in play.
This is a big list, featuring some of the biggest NCAA Basketball programs throughout the midwest. With a decision not likely until a year from now, McKneely has plenty of time to take official visits and foster closer connections with the coaching staff before 2021 National Signing Day.
Here’s a closer look at McKneely’s potential fit with each of the eight programs involving, using what each of their potential rosters could look like.
Illinois Fighting Illini
The Illini will be losing star guard Ayo Dosunmu, along with current seniors, Andre Feliz and Da’Monte Williams. However, the team does have top-50 freshmen Adam Miller and Andre Curbelo on board, along with four-star class of 2021 commit Luke Goode. If one of those two quality freshmen leaves in the next couple of years, there would be plenty of room for McKneely to come in and produce in the rotation.
There’s a strong assumption that five-star freshman point guard Kristian Lander won’t be around for more than two seasons, while both Al Durham and Robert Phinisee will have graduated. While freshman shooting guards Trey Galloway and Anthony Leal will be future rotation pieces, the Hoosiers are currently a team that could use a ball-handler of KcKneely’s services. However, look for the program to try and land a true point guard as well in either the 2021 or 2022 class, which may complicate things.