Posted: 3:18 pm Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Trinity Christian girls basketball star Danielle McCray commits to Ole Miss 

By Matt Porter

Danielle McCray, the Palm Beach Post 2009-10 small school girls basketball player of the year, is heading to the SEC.

Opponents found Danielle McCray to be handful last season. (Ray Graham/The Palm Beach Post)

Opponents found Danielle McCray to be handful last season. (Ray Graham/The Palm Beach Post)

McCray, a 6-foot-1 senior forward, chose Ole Miss after a recent visit. She made her decision final this weekend.

McCray said she was already leaning toward Ole Miss, but the atmosphere at the school, the new teammates she met (“they were really nice, and funny”) and the future of the Rebels’ program solidified her choice.

“The coaches have a great vision of what they want to happen with the program,” McCray said. “I think I an make an impact playing at Ole Miss.”

McCray was also considering Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, South Florida, Southern Mississippi and Virginia Tech.

A 6-foot-1 power forward, the senior is the only Palm Beach County player on the ESPN Hoopgurlz Class of 2011 Top 100 rankings. The site rates her a 92 overall. She is also a three-time Palm Beach Post All-Area selection.

As a junior, she had 122 blocks in 27 games, or 4.5 per game, and posted 21.5 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. She is 33 points shy of 2,000 for her career. McCray maintains a 3.7 average in the honors program at Trinity Christian.

“She feels that Ole Miss has the family environment that she feels most comfortable along with great coaches and teammates,” her coach and father, Luke McCray, wrote in an e-mail. “Ole Miss has been recruiting her for a while now and she is very excited.”

Ole Miss (17-15, 7-9 SEC) did not make the NCAA Tournament last season. The Rebels lost to Samford, 66-65, in the first round of the Women’s NIT.