When JayQuan McCloud watched film of Murray State he saw something he liked: an up-tempo offense that looked familiar.
He also saw a 6-1 guard, Isaiah Canaan, who was a two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year who averaged over 21 points a game for the Racers.
The North Chicago senior guard, who averaged 15 points a game last season in North Chicago's run-and-gun offensive system, committed to Murray State and head coach Steve Prohm on Sunday night. He liked what he saw in their style of play and what Canaan was able to accomplish in his brilliant career there.
"They get up and down the floor, play up-tempo and play a lot like we play at North Chicago," said McCloud of his future team. "The recruiting process and decision was tough, but at the end it was an easy decision because of Murray State. Their coaching staff is great."
What also grabbed McCloud's attention was the basketball success the program has had, along with the fact the town and university is rabid about the Racers.
"The entire town is behind the basketball team," said McCloud of the environment at Murray State. "They've had a lot of success, and you can tell how into basketball they are there."
Murray State has averaged 27 wins a season over the past four years, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament. In McCloud, one of the top 15 prospects in the Hoops Report's Class of 2014 Player Rankings, the Racers have added a recruiting steal and a big piece for the program going forward.
McCloud ended a recruitment that saw his stock rise over the past six months while playing with the Illinois Wolves on the AAU circuit. The silky smooth 6-2 guard is a natural scorer with an ability to put the ball in the hole in multiple ways -- off the dribble, mid-range pull-up and range that extends beyond the three-point line.
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