TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – By any measure Craig McGee is having an outstanding season for Rose-Hulman. The junior guard is averaging 18.7 points per game to lead the Engineers. But it’s not just the scoring, he’s been setting up teammates like Jacob Back as the Engineers have found their stride. Through out the success Craig remains humble as the accolades roll in.
“I don’t know if there’s a secret ingredient you know God has blessed me with tremendous talent and without him I wouldn’t be able to do what I do every day in practice and you know in school and the gym without him I would be nothing so I wouldn’t say it’s a secret but you know just knowing that God is with me and he’s given me the talent to you know do great things.” he said.
McGee says he learned a lot from former teammates on coming through in clutch moments. “People like Charlie Aimone and Ryuji Aoki who you know were just flat out great shooters and we had Luke Callahan and Nick McGrail who were great post players for us you know and coming into this season coach told me like we’re going to need more production out of you in offense which is a lot to ask for but I was ready for the challenge,” McGee said.
Coach Rusty Loyd is who made that request of Craig. Loyd knows he has a unique talent leading his team. “Craig is a special player and he’s a special player because obviously he stuffs the stat sheet but he’s a great teammate he shares the ball with his teammates and he wants to win and that’s really all that’s important he would trade the triple doubles for wins every day of the week. We decided early in the season when we got on a little bit of a losing streak that we were just going to put the ball in his hands and let him make plays for himself and other people and he’s really stepped up to the challenge,” he said.
And the best part is they have enough talent that in the rare instance of an off shooting night, Craig knows his teammates have his back. “Even if I’m having a bad game they’re there to pick me up when somebody else is having a bad game I’m there other teammates are there to pick the other person up just a brotherhood that we have is unmatched here. Next up for Rose is a trip to Mt. St. Joseph on Saturday followed by a home game against Anderson on Wednesday January 15th at 7:30 pm.