“Those injuries actually helped me to expand my basketball IQ. I sat out a lot in my senior year and I was on the bench basically coaching, because I couldn’t do anything else. From there, I fell in love with it. So, when coach Sampson offered me the job, I jumped at the opportunity.”
McLean said that his youth, seeing that he’s just 27-years-old, is one of his best attributes as a leader on the sideline.
“I think I do well from a mentorship standpoint, seeing that the guys really can relate to me,” he said.
“When they are in the heat of the moment, I’m able to calm them down and have that connection like a big brother.”