Baldwyn’s Conner McKay dribbles around a Starkville defender during their game at ICC Thursday. (Lee Adams/ICC)
Baldwyn’s Felix Hayes drives between two Starkville defenders in their game at ICC on Thursday. (Lee Adams/ICC)
Baldwyn point guard Conner McKay is unarguably one of the state’s top players, but for whatever reason, is waiting on his first college offer.
The 6-foot senior can shoot it from all over the floor, including behind the arc. He’s a 90-plus percent free-throw shooter, draws contact in the lane and has maybe the best handles in the state.
McKay scored 14 points per game on a Bearcats team last season that had four average in double figures. He made 79 3s, seventh in Mississippi.
“He’s special. He’s special,” Starkville coach Greg Carter said. “He can really shoot it. He’s an extraordinary shooter. He’s a special shooter.”
Carter is as surprised as anyone McKay doesn’t have an offer.
“None?” Carter said. “That is surprising. The fact that he can shoot it as well as he can, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people start recruiting him.”
Every junior college in the country would be thrilled to get him, but four-years are sure to eventually wise up. Baldwyn is ramping up the schedule this season. The more exposure McKay gets, the happier some college is gonna be to get him.
He’ll have another star teammate this season, as junior forward Felix Hayes is starting to draw his own attention. In summer league against Starkville, Hayes did it all, drove, drew fouls, hit mid-range, rebounded on both ends and asserted his physical 6-foot-2, 194-pound frame. He is playing football this season, as well.
Hayes averaged 12.3 points per game and made 43 3s.
“Yeah, he’s good. He can shoot it now,” Carter said. “He can shoot it, plays off the dribble, nice, strong body. I like him.”