Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Western Kentucky Adds Tennessee Transfer Jabari McGhee

Western Kentucky recently announced the addition of Tennessee transfer Jabari McGhee.

McGhee, a 6-foot-7 forward, will be eligible to play for the Hilltoppers midway through the 2016-17 season.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Hilltopper Basketball head coach Ray Harper announced Thursday the addition of University of Tennessee transfer Jabari McGhee (F, 6-7, Albany, Ga.) to the program to suit up beginning in December 2016. McGhee is scheduled to have two-and-a-half years to play at WKU beginning midway through the 2016-17 season.

McGhee spent the 2014-15 season and the start of the 2015-16 campaign in Knoxville before transferring at the end of the fall semester. In 2014-15, McGhee played in eight games and made two starts before a foot injury ended his season. He was granted a medical redshirt for that season, and he played in six contests as a redshirt-freshman in 2015-16 and averaged 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game before transferring.

In all, McGhee played in 14 games at Tennessee and averaged 4.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and shot 62.2 percent from the field (23-for-37) in an average of 12.0 minutes per game.

Prior to Tennessee, McGhee spent the 2013-14 season at Hargrave Military Academy, where he averaged nearly 24 points and 15 rebounds per game while helping the team to a 32-8 record.

McGhee prepped at Monroe High School in Albany, Ga., where he was a three-year starter and totaled more than 1,200 points during his career and was a first-team all-state performer as a senior after averaging a double-double.

Harper on McGhee

"We are really excited to add another player of Jabari's caliber, who is a great athlete and a high-energy, high-motor guy. To have him, Willie Carmichael and Phabian Glasco, all three sitting out this year, is going to be good for us next year. He is a guy with high-level Division I experience, and we recruited him coming out of prep school. We have known him for a long time, and we are excited to finally have him at home in our program."

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