Rickey McGill is just a junior and had only made one college visit, but neither the luxury of time or options deterred the Spring Valley guard from deciding on a future home more than a year ahead of schedule.
McGill, a 6-foot junior combo guard, gave his verbal commitment today to play at Manhattan College. He made the decision during his unofficial visit to the Riverdale school on Monday.
“I liked the coaching staff,” McGill said. “I liked the environment. It’s a nice place to stay. … I felt like it was better for me to commit now rather than later. I felt like it was in my best interest.”
McGill will play for Manhattan’s third-year head coach Steve Masiello, a White Plains native who played high school basketball at Stepinac and the Harvey School in Katonah. Masiello’s Jaspers were selected to finish first in the MAAC.
“I like their style of play,” said the speedy McGill, whose mom, Sherry Murphy-McGill, a Spring Valley graduate, ran track on scholarship at Florida State and is a member of the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame. “They’re an uptempo team. That suits me very well.”
McGill was an all-section player last season as a sophomore for coach Willie Worsley and the Tigers, who finished 17-3 and earned the No. 1 seed in the Section 1 Class AA playoffs. He was named second-team All-County and was coveted by several Division I and II schools while playing for Andy Borman with the House of Sports.
In addition to Manhattan, McGill said Iona and La Salle had both offered him scholarships.