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UB men's hoops gets verbal commit from touted 6-8 forward

The University at Buffalo men's basketball team got a significant verbal commitment Monday from a highly regarded power forward from North Carolina.

Quate McKinzie, a 6-foot-8, 205-pounder from Harrells (N.C.) Christian Academy, announced he intends to enroll at UB for the fall of 2016. McKinzie is rated by ESPN as the No. 40 power forward in the country and the No. 11 player in North Carolina. Besides UB, he had visited North Carolina-Wilmington and had a visit scheduled next week for Temple of the American Athletic Conference. Among the other schools that made him offers were Marsahll, Murray State, UNC-Ashville. UNC-Charlotte and Middle Tennessee State.

"He's very athletic," said Harrells Christian coach Clayton Hall. "Tall. Explosive. Can jumnp out of the gym. He's very versatile. He needs a little work on his shooting but y'all will see things at Buffalo above the rim that are very hard to find. His finishing ability and some of the dunks and put-backs you see will blow your mind. . . . He's 6-7 3-4 so we call him 6-8. He has a 7-foot-2 wingspan."

The signing periods for 2016 college basketball recruits are in November and April. McKinzie helped his team reach the state Class 2A semifinals each of the past two years. He averaged 16.8 points and 9.9 rebounds last season.

UB assistant coach Donyell Marshall led the recruiting of McKinzie.

"Coach Donyell Marshall formed a good relationship with him over the summer," Hall said. "He really enjoyed his visit, and he and his mom liked the academic side as well. Academics played a big part. Playing AAU ball, he's used to travel and he wants to get away from home."

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