Internet and St. Louis television reports stated Tuesday that Vashon High School basketball star Jimmy McKinney had orally committed to playing at the University of Missouri. A senior-to-be, McKinney is indeed in Columbia today, playing in a summer basketball league. But McKinney denies the report but said he would make a public statement Thursday. While denying the commitment, McKinney’s coach Floyd Irons has said his star player is interested in playing for coach Quin Snyder at MU. Last season, in leading Vashon to a 4A state title, McKinney averaged 23.4 points per game.