McLean With a Dream

Luke Montalbano, Sports Writer • lmmontalbano16@ehc.edu

Over the past few years, the Emory & Henry men’s basketball program has grown to an ODAC powerhouse, and one of the key reasons that helped this team grow is senior guard Johnny McLean.

McLean is a senior from Charlotte, N.C, and attended Davidson Day School.  Over the past few years, the Emory & Henry men’s basketball program has grown to an ODAC powerhouse, and one of the key reasons that helped this team grow is senior guard Johnny McLean.

McLean is a senior from Charlotte, N.C, and attended Davidson Day School.   After his time at Davidson Day School, McLean decided to come to Emory & Henry.  He said he decided to attend E&H “because of the immediate connection with the basketball team on my visit. We all listened to the same music and shared a competitive spirit and passion for basketball. It was far better than any other school I was recruited by and I knew immediately Emory was for me.”

There has certainly been a difference between McLean arrived to campus as a freshman and his senior year.  His freshman year, the Wasps finished with a 5-21 record.  McLean reflects on the growth of the program by saying “This team has grown tremendously since the 5-21 season my freshman year. Every player that has come through our program has helped lay the foundation for the success we have had so far. We aren’t content yet. Our team is still trying to grow and get better.”

During his four years, McLean has played under coach Wilson.  He has valued playing under Willson, as he says “Coach Willson has been a great mentor and coach. On and off the court he has provided great advice and insight to help me grow as a person and a basketball player.”

McLean also reflects on his senior year, as he says “It is unreal to be a senior this year. Time flies and it feels like I moved for the first time this August. It is great to have the experience of college to help pass on wisdom to younger guys on the basketball team.”  Since he is a senior, McLean is starting to think about life after Emory, as he is “looking for work with an accounting firm in Charlotte. Preferably in the audit field. I have nothing definitely yet but still very much searching for a full-time job.”

However, McLean is not done yet with senior year, as he is ready to win an ODAC championship, as he said “Our team works daily in order to achieve our goals. 1. Be Excellent. 2. Get better every day. 3. Win an ODAC championship. The experience of the game was great and now we are working hard to win it.”

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