TAYLOR COUNTY—After already garnering offers from Division I schools Davidson, Liberty, Marshall, Robert Morris, Stetson, and Xavier, Poca sophomore guard Isaac McKneely netted his first “Power 5” offer, receiving word from WVU head coach Bob Huggins on Wednesday that he wanted the talented baller to join his already-stacked Mountaineer squad.
“Coach Everhart texted my coach and told him to call,” said McKneely. “He called me and told me to call Coach Huggins. So, I called Coach Huggins and he pretty much just told me the news. It was definitely a nice, pleasant surprise. I was really estatic about it.”
In McKneely’s freshman season, he led his Poca Dots to the state tournament in Charleston in 2019. Then after a strong AAU season in the summer, colleges began to take notice.
“Last year in AAU is when I really caught the eye of a lot of coaches,” McKneely added.
This season, McKneely led his Dots to a 21-3 record as they were scheduled to face Logan in the Class AA regionals before COVID-19 began circulating and the decision was made to suspend/cancel the end of winter sports and spring sports.
Scoring around 22 points per game, the talented sophomore was asked what he will be able to bring to whichever team he decides to sign with, whenever that may be.
“I am a point guard/shooting guard, either one,” McKneely explained. “I can ficilitate a lot. I can dribble up the court. I can shoot off the bounce and I can shoot the three pretty well. I play pretty good defense and I am working on my defense a lot. I am going to get better on defense and get stronger because I am going to have to guard really good guards in college.”
McKneely said that even though he is restricted to his home right now like every other athlete in the state, he is still keeping himself sharp because nobody is sure what is going to happen from day-to-day with COVID-19 and the decisions that will have to to be made regarding it.
“I have been working out on my own in my backyard on my hoop and have been working out on the Bowflex, trying to stay in shape just in case something happens.”