McGee intends to walk on at A&M-Kingsville
During a preseason road scrimmage last year against Texas A&M-Kingsville, Donte McGee stood out to members of the Javelina coaching staff.
That first impression paid off now that he's trading in his Victoria College maroon for A&M-Kingsville royal blue.
McGee will attempt and walk on to the Javelina men's basketball team next season.
"Every basketball player dreams of playing in the NCAA and going to college and play," McGee said.
VC held a signing ceremony at the school gym on Wednesday to announce McGee's opportunity to walk on to the NCAA Division II program.
He has not officially received a scholarship offer from A&M-Kingsville.
McGee said that the Javelina coaching staff reached out to VC to inquire about him and try an work out a transfer after the end of the basketball season.
Javelina basketball coach Pete Peterson was unable to comment regarding McGee joining the team since NCAA rules prohibit coaches from talking about walk-on players until they become enrolled in the school.
Last season, McGee served as a co-captain on the Pirates men's basketball team and averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game.
The 6-foor-5 McGee helped the Memorial Vipers make it to the Class 5A area playoffs during his senior season in 2009-10.
Then Memorial and current Victoria East boys basketball coach John Grammer noted how McGee's size and skills cause problems for then district rivals like Converse Judson and San Antonio East Central.
"They just had trouble matching up on him because if you had a small guy on him, he would post him up and if you had a big guy on him, he could bring him outside and score," Grammer said.
During his senior year, McGee averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game. He committed to play at VC in June 2010.
Pirates men's basketball coach Jonathan Anderson said Wednesday's ceremony was the first official VC signing event.
The coach added that this signing helps VC build a name for itself on the athletics front.
"I think that's what every beginning program looks for, being able to say 'hey this means something, we're going something right here,'" Anderson said.
McGee credits VC for helping him mature as a student athlete during the last two seasons.
He said that once he gets on campus, the work has just began.
"The coaches there made it clear to me that I'm going to work hard for everything I get there," McGee said. "Once I get there, they expect me to work harder than the scholarship players."
McGee said he wants to major in Kinesiology and become a basketball coach once his playing days are over.
"Every coach that I've had, especially coach Grammer and coach Anderson, they teach life through basketball," McGee said.