KAUKAUNA, Wis. – Jordan McCabe will be a Mountaineer.
The talented Kaukauna basketball player verbally committed to West Virginia University in a press event held at Kaukauna High School.
West Virginia finished 26-9 last season and 13-5 in the Big 12 Conference and was ranked among the top 20 programs by both the Coaches’ and Associated Press polls.
“The way I look at it is I built a lot of relationships with a lot of different schools and a lot of different coaches,” McCabe said. “But really it all comes down to the fact that coach Bob Huggins and the rest of the staff at West Virginia had really made me a priority. And for a hall of fame coach to do something like that and really put his loyalty and trust into me, it became a no-brainer as the year went on.”
McCabe said that coach Huggins and WVU offered him a scholarship a little more than a year ago. And that commitment to a player beginning his sophomore season stayed with McCabe, who said that the WVU coaching staff was with him “every step of the way.”
“A lot of things made it the right fit, starting with coach Huggins himself,” he added. “I don’t need to speak of the accolades that he has achieved over time. There’s a winning tradition and there’s 1.5 million fans in West Virginia waiting for me right now. And I’m excited to go there and do everything I can to bring them the success that they’ve had for so long.”
McCabe chose West Virginia over five other finalists: UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay, Missouri, Minnesota and DePaul.
He also added that Wisconsin and Marquette were also recruiting him, but that WVU was ‘the right fit for me.’
“The in-state schools have yes, recruited me,” he said. “But at the same time, I knew that Morgantown (W.V.) has more fans that are real supportive in everything that they do and with a head coach at the helm of everything like Coach Huggins, it meant a lot to me that he showed the loyalty to offer me a scholarship almost a year ago now.”
McCabe helped Kaukauna win the WIAA Division 2 state basketball title last March, averaging 25 points, 6.1 assists 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals.