COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team has
signed the first member of its 2010-11 incoming class, a standout
from Dunwoody High School, Javon McKay.
McKay is an athletic 6-5 guard who is a self-starter and has tremendous work ethic according to TTU head coach Mike Sutton.
"His size and athleticism are a big plus," Sutton said. "He is a big perimeter player and I like his versatility and his toughness. We think he is capable of having an outstanding career here. We feel like he can be a major contributor over the course of a four-year career."
McKay earned all-state, all-region and all-county honors as a junior after averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds three steals and 2.5 blocks per game. Entering his senior season McKay was named among the top 30 seniors in the state of Georgia.
"Javon is your traditional stat-stuffer," said Adam Griffin, Javon's head basketball coach at Dunwoody High School. "He was in the top 10 in the county in scoring, rebounds, steals and blocks."
"It feels really good to sign because I have worked so hard for this," McKay said. "I'm looking forward to being the best player I can be and working hard to reach my potential."
Javon comes from an athletic family. His father Antonio was an outstanding track athlete, and won the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics in the 4x400, and also was an NCAA indoor and outdoor champion at Georgia Tech in the same year. Antonio now coaches track and field in the Atlanta area. Javon's brother Antonio Jr. is a sophomore sprinter on the track team at Georgia Tech.
"From the standpoint of the type of kid you're getting, he's a great kid," Griffin said. "He's coachable, and he wants to get better. If he makes a mistake he's going to learn what he has to do to correct that, and work on fixing it. He's coming from about as good of a combination of parents as you're going to get."
His Mother, Dr. Trinna McKay is the chair of the science department and a biology teacher at Dunwoody High School.
"His mother is an educator and his father was a world-class athlete, so he has a very good basis in terms of what you have to do to be successful," Sutton said.