East Rock’s McNair commits to JMU as walk-on

Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 3:14 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Former East Rockingham star Tyce McNair is joining the James Madison University men’s basketball team as a walk-on. McNair tweeted his decision to join the Dukes Tuesday morning.

“It’s definitely a dream come true,” said McNair in a Zoom interview with WHSV Wednesday. “If I had to play anywhere I would want it to be JMU. I now have that opportunity and it feels really great because I am close to home so my friends and family can watch. I have just grown up with JMU my whole life and I am just real familiar with them so yeah it definitely is a dream come true.”

McNair was supposed to attend Richard Bland College, a junior college in Petersburg, Virginia, to play basketball. However, the school decided to suspend athletics during the 2020-2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following Richard Bland’s decision, McNair was preparing to enroll at Hargrave Military Academy for a postgraduate year when JMU’s coaching staff reached out to him with the opportunity to walk-on at JMU.

With McNair at point guard, East Rockingham advanced to the VHSL Class 2 state semifinals during the 2019-2020 season. He averaged 18.1 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game, 5.9 assists per game, and 2.2 steals per game for the Eagles this past season. McNair also started for the 2018-2019 East Rock team that advanced to the VHSL Class 2 state title game.

McNair joins Dalton Jefferson as the second East Rockingham product to join JMU as a walk-on over the last two years.

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