His defense got better, so his minutes did, too.
Justin McKie’s finally doing what everyone thought he could do.
McKie had another strong game in USC’s pasting of Oklahoma State on Saturday, scoring six points with four rebounds and two steals in 18 minutes. Having to play due to a thin bench, McKie is rewarding Frank Martin’s trust in him – he may not be his dad, the fabled BJ McKie, but Justin is plenty good for what the Gamecocks need him to be.
McKie hit a big 3-pointer as USC stayed ahead of the Cowboys, then drained a one-handed spinner from the lane as his dad’s banner waved above him. It was hard not to see the symmetry in form, and the fist-pump from Junior as he ran down court after his 3 was also familiar.
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A kid that was judged by many to be a great high-schooler who will never last as a major D-1 college player may never light up the scoreboard like his bloodline may have suggested. That’s fine.
He’s part of a major D-1 team, and they’re happy to have him.