Green Bay has finally landed their first commitment for the 2018 recruiting class, and it looks to be a good one.
Jay’Quan McCloud – a 6’2” guard from North Chicago, Illinois – committed to Green Bay following the Phoenix 81-78 overtime loss to Bowling Green at the Resch Center back on December 21st.
McCloud is currently a sophomore at Highland Community College and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
He told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that he chose Green Bay over interest from UNLV, Drake, and UMKC.
“Oh man, [Green Bay] just fit me perfect,” McCloud told the newspaper. “I like the school. Even when I was at Milwaukee, I always wanted to go to GB and get a chance to play with them.”
McCloud was a 3-star recruit in high school according to 247 Sports and committed to Murray State over scholarship offers from several solid mid-major schools including Ball State, Georgia State, Indiana State, Loyola, Missouri St, Nevada, Rhode Island, and fellow Horizon League member Wright State.
He ranked as a top 20 prospect in Illinois’ 2014 high school class and was one of 17 McDonald’s All-American nominees in the state.
McCloud never played a game at Murray State, however, transferring to UW-Milwaukee to play for the Panthers. During the 2015-2016 season he played in 18 games for Milwaukee scoring 5.3 points per game in 13.7 minutes of action. He played 7 total minutes in two games against Green Bay that season, scoring 2 points.
He left the Panthers in February of 2016 and wound up at Highland where is having a solid season. He was recently ranked in the top 100 of the JucoRecruting.com Top 100, coming in a #84. In 11 games so far this season, he’s averaging a team-high 15.4 points per game along with 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 27.5 minutes per game. He’s also shooting a blistering 51.9% (27-52) from beyond the arc, good for 24th in nation at the JUCO level.
Green Bay still has two scholarships remaining for the 2018 recruiting class.
“I really like the coaching staff,” McCloud told the Press-Gazette. “Coach Darner. Coach Herbst. I think I can help them win games. That’s the main thing.”