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Class of 2014 North Chicago shooting guard JayQuan McCloud lit up the circuit for the Illinois Wolves 17U during the spring and summer. He established himself as one of the top guards in Illinois.
Sunday night McCloud announced that he will be playing his college ball at Murray State. Why were they his choice?
"I feel it's an all-around fit. From location, to academics, coaches, to style of play, and the people in Murray. It's a town that loves basketball."
The senior guard talked about what sold him on the Racers during his official visit over the weekend.
"Really the whole city showed me love out there and I could tell that it was pretty much a basketball town. The coaching staff really love the players and have a good bond with them."
How does he feel his strengths will be utilized in their system?
"I will be a versatile guard that play the 1 and the 2. They need someone that can come in, score, and push the ball since they play up-tempo."
His other finalists were Rhode Island and Ball State.
What makes McCloud such a coveted prospect? He is a lethal scorer that has the ability to completely take over a game whenever he has too. The senior is a plus shooter from deep and showed the ability to score off the dribble in the half court during the spring and summer. He has refined his game in the half court being more efficient with his opportunities and improved greatly as a passer.
In transition he is awesome with the rock in his hands pushing it up the floor and getting easy points. Defensively he pressures the ball and gets in passing lanes.
McCloud ranks as a top 15 prospect in the state's senior class.