Albany transfer will participate in Under-19 World Championships June 27-July 5 in Greece
Incoming Eastern Washington University men’s basketball player Geremy McKay has been selected to the Australia Under-19 National Team which will play this summer at the Under-19 World Championships in Greece.
The 12-man “Emus” squad was selected following training camps in May. The tournament t takes place from June 27-July 5.
McKay will transfer to EWU from the University of Albany, where he redshirted the 2014-15 season. He is originally from Melbourne, which is also home to current Eagles Venky Jois and Felix Von Hofe, as well as signee Michael Wearne. McKay will sit out next season because of NCAA transfer rules.
“Geremy will represent his country with great pride,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. “It is a great honor to be selected to this team and he will benefit from the great coaching of Adam Caporn. Our program is very proud that Geremy will be on this national team.”
Because of his season of college experience in the United States, Caporn said McKay could be one of the leaders on the team. While in Australia in 2013, McKay was a member of the Under-18 Australian National Team while playing for Victoria Metro.
“We have a good mix of guys that are playing SEABL, college ball and some that are coming off great performances at the Under-18 nationals,” Caporn said. “But those guys will provide a foundation to lead our younger brigade.”
The Under-19 Australian Emus team: George Blagojevic (Vic), Kyle Clark (Tas), Deng Gak (NSW), Angus Glover (NSW), Jordan Hunter (NSW), Tanner Krebs (Tas), William McDowell-White (Qld), Geremy McKay (Vic), Jack McVeigh (Qld), Dejan Vasiljevic (Vic), Jack White (Vic), Thomas Wilson (Vic).
Geremy McKay – F, 6-7, 225, Fr.-RS, Melbourne, Australia / Caulfield Grammar School ’14 / Univ. of Albany
Hayford on McKay: “Geremy will have to sit out a season, and then we expect him to have a standout career. He is a relentless rebounder and tough-nosed defender. He makes winning plays and is a great teammate.”
Albany: He played in one game against NJIT on Nov. 19, 2014, before redshirting.
HS: He was a three-year forward under Chris Anstey at Caulfield Grammar, which won 81 of 86 games while he was there. He served as team captain from 2011-13, helping Caulfield to back-to-back Associated Public Schools Championships in 2012 and 2013. The school went on to win McDonald’s Cup state championships both seasons. McKay was an All-Associated Public Schools selection in 2012 and 2013. He was a member of the Under-18 Australian National Championship squad in 2013 while playing for Victoria Metro. The team captain averaged 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and 1 1/2 blocked shots per game. A year later, he helped Victoria Metro win the 2014 Under-20 National Championship. He averaged 18 points and six rebounds per game while making 76 percent of his shots from the field. In addition, he was captain and silver medalist for the Australia Green squad at the Australia Youth Olympic Festival. He was a member of the 2013 Australian under 19 National Team and captain at the Pacific Basketball Championships where he earned recognition on the All-Star 5 squad.
Personal: Born March 9, 1996. Full name is Gerasimos Thomas McKay. He is the son of Son of Theo Poulakis and Leah McKay, and has one brother, Alex.