Future150 Southeast Analyst. Covering high school basketball across the Southeast.
Columbia, SC (Future150) -- South Carolina fans were ecstatic when they landed Sindarius Thornwell a week ago. On Monday, the backcourt only got stronger.
After coming off an official visit from South Carolina where the football team embarrassed Georgia, 2013 shooting guard Justin McKie of Irmo (SC) made his pledge to Frank Martin and crew.
"It feels good," he told Future150. "It has always been a dream to play at a high level. Now I just have to take advantage of the opportunities I have."
McKie did admit that the visit was great, but prior to stepping on campus, he had his feelings.
"I have had the feeling for awhile that I wanted to go to South Carolina, but the weekend re-assured me of that."
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard used the visit mainly to see the smaller things, like speaking with the academic personnel and the strength and conditioning coach.
McKie also considered Murray State, but in the end, the in-state star decided to stay home.
"South Carolina is home. My family can come see me play when they want, and that's important. I'm big on family," he said when asked about his commitment. "I feel like they truly want me down there, too. I have pride in the university. It goes back to my dad."
Justin - son of great South Carolina guard B.J. McKie - will follow in his father's footsteps. Is there any pressure?
"Not at all. There's no pressure. Pressure is what you put on yourself. My dad had a great legacy at South Carolina, but I want to continue to build a better legacy for myself."
McKie will sign his letter of intent in November. He is a three-star according to Future150.com.