November 12, 2009

McCay Ready to Get on the Field in Norman

Perhaps none of Oklahoma's star-studded class of 2010 commitments had a more awkward final decision than Shawnee (Kan.) Bishop Miege athlete Justin McCay.

Exactly three months later McCay seems more at piece than at any point in the turbulent last year of his life. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound prospect says that the time since his commitment to Oklahoma in mid-August has been a chance to just enjoy being a senior in high school.

"It's been just figuring things out. I know where you are going to go and making the right decision for you, and feeling pretty good, I feel right with my decision," McCay explained.

That comfort also has to do with Miege running off a lengthy winning streak and attempting to establish their program as one of Kansas' best.

"It's been going pretty good, we've got an eight or nine game winning streak. This week we're in the quarterfinals against Louisburg, they haven't been scored on in about three games, they are like 10-1," he said. "So we need to be ready but Holton was 9-1 too, and we beat them by 24. I mean we had 18 penalties and won by 24."

After the game with Louisburg McCay will be heading to Norman for his official visit. While he saw his future teammates during their win in Lawrence this will be his first his chance to see an Oklahoma home game, in fact it may be his only chance.

"Actually I was going to go after the season but coach (Jay Norvell) wanted me to go to a football game down there because I had never been. I could go to the Oklahoma State game but hopefully we'll be playing in the state championship game so I wouldn't be able to make it," he said.

"I hope people are going crazy on the visit."

McCay checked out Oklahoma in the spring but says that he missed one thing while on his trip, and though there will be plenty of distractions while in Norman he says that one thing is something he is really looking forward to.

"Every college has pretty girls, but I haven't hung out with the players too much and I want to see the game atmosphere. I'm not looking for day in Vegas, I'm just coming to see how it goes for the players," he said.

"A funny story, I've come down and I've never been on the field, I've been in the locker room but I've never been on the field."

He has spent plenty of time on the field for the Stags and says that more than any individual effort of his own it's been his entire team buying into the coaching staff's message and what it takes to reach victory.

"I think I can play a lot better but I don't think I have that many drops. I'd say probably a drop every four or five games and we've been winning. That's what matters, individual accolades can come during basketball season I guess," McCay laughed.

"I mean it's not just me, as a team, it's more of a brotherhood. We like coming to practice and the camaraderie. Last year it was 'oh man, practice'. This year you don't have to get motivated, we've just worked and made sure we are ready."

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