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Cody High’s Jarrell McKinney is headed to Western Michigan University on a football scholarship in the fall, but the 6-5 senior center is the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learner of the Week for the impact he’s making on the hardwood.
“He’s our workhorse,” Comets’ basketball coach Bryant Tipton said. “He rebounds, he’s tough and he’s strong. Anything you need inside, Jarrell can provide it. He’s averaging 10 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks a game. And if you add heart and hustle, he’d be at the top of the charts for that, too.”
McKinney’s inside muscle has helped Cody emerge as one of the PSL’s top teams. The Comets finished the league season unbeaten in the West Division before losing the league championship game to Southeastern.
“That was a real big disappointment because I still feel we’re so much better than Southeastern,” McKinney said. “We lost because of our own mistakes. It wasn’t what they were doing. We worked so hard to come up short like that. But we’ll see them again.”
McKinney is hoping for a rematch against Southeastern should the two teams keep advancing in the state Class A playoffs. In the meantime, he’s enjoying his senior year as one of several key players who transferred to Cody last fall after Cooley High was closed.
“I was mad when Cooley closed because I had been going there for three years,” McKinney said. “I didn’t like going to a new school and having to start all over again. But everything has been good at Cody. The coaches, the principal, the teachers, the students, everybody really supports you and they all come to the games.”
McKinney plans to major in sports medicine in pursuit of a career as an athletic trainer. He finds it ironic that football became his ticket to college, despite not playing the sport until his junior year.
“Basketball, that’s my love, but I guess it was just meant for me to play football,” said the defensive end. “I started going to camps and I started getting offers, and now I’ll be playing college football at Western Michigan. This is the last time I’ll be playing basketball, so I want to make sure that I help us go as far as we can go. We didn’t get the city, but it makes us more determined to go get the state.”