Pattonville grad Mikala McGhee transferring from MO State to George Mason

Mikala McGhee will transfer from Missouri State University. Photo Credit: MSU

Mikala McGhee will transfer from Missouri State University. Photo Credit: MSU

(KTVI)- Mikala McGhee, a former three sport star at Pattonville High School, confirmed to FOX2 Sunday that she will continue her college basketball career at George Mason. McGhee is leaving the Missouri State Bears program after two seasons. During her just-completed sophomore season, McGhee averaged 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in 16 minutes per game.

The move to George Mason is a reunion with Nyla Milleson, the coach who recruited her to Springfield before being dismissed after the 2012-2013 campaign. “It was a really hard decision,” she said, praising the current coaching staff and teammates, but was a move with thoughts about a post-basketball future in mind. McGhee says she’s double majoring in Communication and Sports Management, and may pursue a masters degree.

The move to George Mason, in Washington D.C.’s Virginia suburbs, also puts her closer to Bradley Beal, the former Chaminade standout now in his second season with the NBA’s Washington Wizards. She described her relationship with Beal as “pretty serious” but said  in a phone interview Sunday that “he is not the full reason for why this is happening.”

The move means she’ll compete in front of a St. Louis crowd at least once a year when George Mason faces St. Louis University.