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John Marshall (Richmond, VA) standout junior forward Travis McKie has been in contact with UVa’s new coaching staff, specifically new assistant coach Jason Williford. The 6-6, 190-pound prospect recalled a conversation with the newly appointed Coach Williford, who played high school basketball at John Marshall before moving on to the University of Virginia to play under then head coach Jeff Jones .
“He got to the point,” McKie said. “Coach Williford said they want to come down to see me. He wants me to meet Coach Bennett. They’ll be down Friday and I’ll probably go up there sometime to see them sometime, too.”
Coach Williford’s father, Larry, is a long-time assistant coach at John Marshall. Do these connections have any impact with respect to UVa’s standing with McKie?
“I’m more familiar with [Coach Williford] because his dad is on the coaching staff, but you don’t go to a school for the assistant coach. You go for the head coach,” McKie said. “I still have to talk to the head coach. I want to figure out what style of play he’ll run. A lot of people in Richmond say he runs the Princeton offense. I want to talk to him and find out about him and his style.”
Asked if UVa remains under consideration, McKie answered, “UVa is still in consideration, but I have to talk to the coach. You have to build relationships. My whole recruitment has been up and down. Wake Forest and Clemson both have been the two pushing the hardest throughout my recruitment. They have never faded away. If I had to decide, those two have been the most consistent in my recruitment. I’m still open to everybody, but those two stand out because they have been there. I don’t have a final two or anything like that, though.”
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