Temple is taking a wait-and-see approach with one of Kentucky’s top two-sport standouts.
And that's a good thing.
Mekale McKay has yet to decide if he’ll play basketball or football in college.
For now, the rising senior at Moore Traditional High School in Louisville is receiving interest from Temple to play basketball. The Owls have not offered him a scholarship.
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard does has basketball only scholarship offers from the University of Texas at El Paso, Manhattan, Iona and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He’s also receiving basketball recruiting interest from Tennessee.
A standout wideout, McKay has football only scholarship offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Central Florida, Illinois and Cincinnati. Georgia State and Evansville have offered him scholarships in both sports.
McKay told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips plans to talk to Wildcats hoops coach John Calipari about the possibility of McKay becoming a Kentucky basketball walk-on. That would enable him to play both sports for the Wildcats.
“I’m not sure anything will come of that,” McKay said in the Courier-Journal. “But if something would, then I would be ecstatic to do that.”
And for that reason, Temple’s wait-and-see approach is understandable.
One can only assume he’ll pick Kentucky if Calipari says yes to the walk-on request.
- Keith Pompey