BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University basketball coach Ray Harper announced Thursday, Dec. 17, the addition of University of Tennessee transfer Jabari McGhee (profiled in a video posted June 2014) to the program to suit up beginning in December 2016. McGhee is scheduled to have two-and-a-half years to play at WKU beginning midway through the 2016-17 season.
A 6-7 forward from Albany, Ga., McGhee spent the 2014-15 season and the start of the 2015-16 campaign in Knoxville before transferring at the end of the fall semester. In 2014-15, McGhee played in eight games and made two starts before a foot injury ended his season. He was granted a medical redshirt for that season, and he played in six contests as a redshirt-freshman in 2015-16 and averaged 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game before transferring.
In all, McGhee played in 14 games at Tennessee and averaged 4.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and shot 62.2 percent from the field (23-for-37) in an average of 12.0 minutes per game.
“We are really excited to add another player of Jabari’s caliber, who is a great athlete and a high-energy, high-motor guy," said Harper. "To have him, Willie Carmichael and Phabian Glasco, all three sitting out this year, is going to be good for us next year. He is a guy with high-level Division I experience, and we recruited him coming out of prep school. We have known him for a long time, and we are excited to finally have him at home in our program.”
Prior to Tennessee, McGhee spent the 2013-14 season at Hargrave Military Academy, where he averaged nearly 24 points and 15 rebounds per game while helping the team to a 32-8 record.
McGhee prepped at Monroe High School in Albany, Ga., where he was a three-year starter and totaled more than 1,200 points during his career and was a first-team all-state performer as a senior after averaging a double-double.
Video: UT Sports Basketball