JC transfer Jameel McKay leaves Marquette before playing a game

Jameel McKay will never play a game for Marquette.

With less than a month remaining until the start of the season, the junior forward announced on his Twitter that he was leaving Marquette.

McKay, a 6-foot-8 power forward, transferred to Marquette after starring at Indiana Hills Community College (Iowa). He was ranked the No. 3 junior college prospect in the country by Brad Winton of JucoRecruiting.com and was considered a solid get for the Golden Eagles. He’s a high-level rebounder who could have helped on the glass.

The reasons for his departure are unclear.

With that said, Marquette should be able to overcome his departure. Davante Gardner was named to the preseason All-Big East first team, while Jamil Wilson could be poised for a bigger season. Chris Otule and versatile Steve Taylor also return, while freshman Deonte Burton can play the forward position as well.

The Golden Eagles open their season on Nov. 8 against Southern.

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