By Scott Kindberg
McKenna Maycock is still two months away from completing her sophomore year at Randolph Central School, but the 15-year-old basketball phenom already knows where she'll be continuing her college career.
And it's right down the road.
McKenna has made a verbal commitment to attend St. Bonaventure University where she will receive a full scholarship to the Atlantic 10 school. The offer was made after McKenna visited the Olean campus with her father, Mike, on Wednesday.
''It seems like the perfect situation,'' she said Thursday night. ''It's a great place with great people. I went there and the coaches were the nicest people I've ever met. They were so welcoming and they made it that much easier to decide.''
A three-sport star with the Lady Cardinals, McKenna is coming off a banner season on the hardwood during which she averaged 27.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists in leading her team to its third straight Section 6 Class C title. Along the way, she was named the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 2 Player of the Year, a second-team all-Western New York choice and a second-team Class C all-state selection.
McKenna, who has scored 1,669 career points with two seasons remaining, achieved those gaudy numbers, thanks to a versatility that allows her to play all five positions on the floor. That should serve her well with the Lady Bonnies.
''They run an offense where McKenna really fits in,'' Mike Maycock said. ''It's a five-out offense where everybody handles the ball. The biggest thing is that she's pretty athletic, she's left-handed and she's pretty fast.''
While blessed with physical gifts, McKenna has also made basketball a year-round endeavor. In addition to playing for her high school team, which is coached by Shawn Huntington, McKenna also plays for the Jamestown Elite, an AAU team coached by Ken Ricker, and has sought shooting assistance from former Brocton Central School and Gannon University standout Sandy (Zirkle) Ruhlman.
''She's worked so hard already,'' Huntington said. ''It's just nice that she's seeing the benefits of all that hard work. She's not only an in-season player. She works at it, fine-tunes things and does all the little things that some don't want to change. She's a great kid, a smart kid and I'm so happy for her.''
Ricker, who has coached McKenna for six years at the AAU level, describes her as ''just a competitor.''
''She's that special,'' he said. '' ... She's proof that dreams are achievable if you work hard.''
Robin Maycock, McKenna's mother, called the verbal commitment a ''huge relief.''
''I just love the school, love that it's close and love that it's a smaller college,'' she said. ''Parents we know who have kids there say they love it. It's a good situation.''
The Lady Bonnies, who are coached by Jim Crowley, finished 10-19 during the 2012-13 season, a year after posting a 31-4 record and a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Crowley, who cannot comment on incoming players until after they sign their national letter of intent, was the ESPN.com National Coach of the Year in 2012 and has been the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year on two occasions (2009 and 2012). His record at St. Bonaventure is 195-197 in 16 seasons.