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5-star guard Trey McKenney set to visit Rutgers



Orchard Lake St. Mary's guard Trey McKenney (1) makes a jump shot against Muskegon guard Anthony Sydnor III (4) during the second half of MHSAA boys Division 1 semifinal at Breslin Center in East Lansing on Friday, March 24, 2023. Photo credit Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Recruiting momentum continues for Rutgers men’s basketball as 5-star combo guard Trey McKenney is set to visit the program. Joe Tipton of On3 revealed that McKenney confirmed he is taking an official visit to RU on October 13. This is homecoming weekend on campus. The 6’4” perimeter player has also confirmed official visits to Missouri, Ole Miss and Georgetown.

McKenney continues to draw major interest on the recruiting trail. This follows a summer in which he played up an age group on the Nike EYBL circuit. He plays for The Family based out of Detroit, which is the AAU program that Rutgers assistant coach Marlon Williamson previously coached and ran. McKenney is the No. 10 prospect overall in the 2025 class and has racked up almost three dozen offers. They include Texas, Alabama, Miami and a bunch of Big Ten schools including Michigan, Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State, where he recently took an unofficial visit. UConn and Kentucky are showing interest as well.

This spring, he was fifth in the U17 division of EYBL in scoring at 19.9 points per game. McKenney also averaged 8.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals. He shot 43.2% from the floor (63-146), 46.6% from two-point range (48-103), 34.9% from three-point range (15-43) and 90.5% from the foul line (38-42). At the prestigious Peach Jam in July, McKenney averaged 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He shot 42.6% from the floor (26-61), 45.2% from two-point range (19-42), 36.8% from three-point range (7-19), and 90.5% from the foul line (19-21).

This follows his sophomore season of high school ball when McKenney was selected by the Michigan Associated Press as the Division 1 Player of the Year. He averaged 25.4 points and 11.1 rebounds for Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

Rutgers getting McKenney in for an official visit is a major development. While the program is approaching a historical haul in the 2024 class, continuing momentum in the 2025 class is critical for long term progression. Rutgers is recruiting at a very high level in the 2025 recruiting cycle. They are in pursuit of 5-star guard Darius Adams, who’s sister Destiny plays for Rutgers women’s basketball, as well as the top shooting guard in the class, Meleek Thomas. McKenney’s teammate, Darius Acuff, has exploded this summer and Rutgers has offered him as well. Other intriguing targets in the class that Rutgers is focusing on include 4-star wing Brandon Stores Jr. and 3-star guard Nigel James.

As for the West Bloomfield, Michigan native, McKenney is a tough minded player who can score in multiple ways and is a lockdown on ball defender. He can create off the dribble, has the strength to finish through contact and has good shooting touch. His two-way play and physicality make him a ideal fit for Rutgers. Obviously the competition is fierce, but credit Williamson for having RU firmly in the mix in his recruitment. Stay tuned.

Here are highlights of McKenney from this summer’s NBA Top 100 Camp playing against the top recruits in the country.

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  1. pj43

    August 14, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    I have an attraction towards players who play under control with patience and let the game come to them. This recruit looks one of those players.  He plays below the rim with no need for flash unless it’s necessary to get the job done.  He’s got an NBA body already and very mature in terms of development for only a soph heading into his junior year of high school.  Don’t know if Rutgers has a legit shot at him but with the way Pikiell has the recruiting on a roll, getting him here on a visit suddenly makes it doable.

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