The Green Bay Phoenix coaching staff has landed a third junior college player for the 2018 recruiting class.
Josh McNair, a 6’6” forward from suburban Denver, recently finished his sophomore season at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado where he helped lead the Rattlers to a 29-5 record this past season. He tweeted his decision Sunday afternoon.
McNair was named NJCAA All-Region IX first team after leading his the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game. He was also the team’s second-leading rebounder this season grabbing 6.9 boards per game.
He does most of his damage around the basket, shooting 60.9% from the floor but can occasionally step outside and knock down a three pointer. He has shot roughly 30% from behind the arc going back to his senior season in high school but regressed slightly this past season going 8-30 (26.7%) on three pointers this year.
Prior to transferring to Otero, McNair played his freshman season at Laramie County CC in Wyoming where he averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He redshirted and sat out the 2016/2017 season at Otero after transferring from Laramie County.
At 6’6”, he boasts explosive athleticism and seems like a natural fit for head coach Linc Darner’s RP40 system.
The offer from Green Bay was McNair’s first Division I offer at the time but he also added a scholarship offer from Winthrop last month. He received interest from Division I schools in both football and basketball as a prep star at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver where he ranked as the 6th best basketball prospect in Colorado’s 2015 class according to Rivals.com affiliate GoldAndGreenNews.com.
“[McNair] has measurables college coaches love,” the website wrote. “He is 6’6” and has length. McNair is also very coordinated and explosive. The small forward is an outstanding defensive weapon who can guard multiple positions. He rebounds at a high rate and has a good basketball IQ.”
“A more consistent jumper could help his game take off.”
He averaged an impressive stat line of 17.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals, 1.9 assists, and 1.7 blocks per game in 24 games as a senior at Thomas Jefferson.
As of right now all 13 scholarships have been filled for the 2018/2019 season, though it is possible that a player from the current roster could transfer as has happened during the offseason the past several years.