David McKean has been forced to realize there are other ways help a basketball team other than making a shot, grabbing a rebound or making a steal.
McKean, a 6-foot-2 senior, is the top scorer on the Castle View team but he has been sidelined for the past three games with a detached labrum and fractured humerus, an injury sustained in the Jan. 6 game against Greeley West.
He got a doctor's clearance that he could resume playing and he was planning to be back for the Jan. 18 game against Aurora Hinkley. He was told that playing will not cause any long term damage but will be painful.
“I was just hoping the doctor would say you can play, just get this brace,” said McKean. “I want to play even if I can't shoot and need to put everything up with my left hand or whatever.
“Definitely I learned while watching from the bench just how precious the game is and that every chance you get, you have to play go 100%. Just thinking about how much I want to be out there, I am going to take advantage of any time I get and go 100% every time I'm out there.”
In nine games played, McKean is averaging 12.9 points and 4.3 rebounds a game.
"He is one of those high-energy guys. He is a quiet kid, but kids feed off of him on how hard he plays and the energy he brings to the game. We are excited to get him back."
Castle View boys basketball coach
Q&A with McKean
What or who motivates you most to excel in basketball?
The main thing that motivates me is people don't look at Castle View as a basketball school. We've never won a state championship. No one has ever said we have to play Castle View and we are scared of that. That's what I want to create here.
What would be a perfect performance in your sport?
To play against a great player and lock him down. Offensively, obviously I want to make shots, have assists and grab rebounds, but my favorite thing when I play basketball is to lock down the best player on the other team.
What is your favorite class in school and why?
AP chemistry. It is challenging.
What are your plans after high school?
I got an offer from Concordia Nebraska. I committed before the season and plan to play basketball there.
What is your favorite book?
“Mamba Mentality” by Kobe Bryant.
Do you have any habits before games?
I always take a cold shower before the game. It is kind of a weird thing. I get really anxious and nervous before games and that kind of quiets my mind. Before the game, I always have a prayer for my family and what I'm thankful for so I can really appreciate the game.
What is your favorite TV show?
“Breaking Bad.” It is kind of a dark show. I'm really into chemistry and the basis of that show is the chemistry teachers. He kind of goes dark but he is interested in chemistry and they drop a lot of science stuff in.
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