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Buffalo Men’s Basketball 2016-17 Previews: Quate McKinzie

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Quate McKinzie brings versatility and incredibly strong physical capabilities for be a force in the MAC for years to come. Bulls fans will be having a ton of fun watching this freshman play.

The Basics

Number: 24

Year: Freshman

Position: Power Forward

Hometown: Burgaw, North Carolina

Height and Weight: 6-8, 195

New Guy?

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Before UB

McKinzie went to Harrells Christian Academy and in his senior season he practically averaged a double-double with 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He’s also a forward that can dish a little bit as he averaged 2 assists per game. Essentially, he can do a little bit of everything. Quate comes to Buffalo rated as a three-star recruit from both Scout and ESPN. The latter rates him as the 11th best recruit in the hotbed that is known as North Carolina, making him an impressive get for Nate Oats and staff.

Further Reading and Viewing:

Bull Run: Buffalo Bulls Men's Basketball secures commitment from 6'8" PF Quate McKinzie

2016 PF Quate McKinzie commits to Buffalo

"When I went on my visit, I just fell in love," McKinzie said.

"It's all like a big family with them," he added. "The players and everybody get along. They are all competitive. I got a chance to play pick up game with them. I just felt like I was at home and that's what I was looking for in a school. I feel like I would enjoy Buffalo."

AREA BASKETBALL PHENOM OPTS TO SHUFFLE OFF TO BUFFALO INSTEAD OF UNCW

McKinzie received offers from UNCW, Temple, Charlotte, Marshall, Buffalo and a few other schools. He’s rated the 40th best power high school forward in the nation and he announced his collegiate choice on Monday afternoon.

Also, YOU MUST check out his footage from his senior season:

2016-17 Outlook

Matt stated with his outlook on Brock Bertram that UB’s front court is loaded but I’m very high on McKinzie. I think he has the potential to be like CJ “Buckets” Massinburg in his ability to bring a high dose of energy off of the bench. It’s hard for me to imagine him not being an immediate impact with the things he brings to the table. If he can bulk up a little more as well, watch out.