McLean was a key part of last years recruiting class which ranked 27th best in the country according to ESPN, yet he was very overlooked in his first season for the Minutemen. In fact, he didn’t see the court as former coach Derek Kellogg elected to red-shirt him and preserve a year of eligibility due to the depth of the backcourt. Another NEPSAC product, Unique played his senior season for the MacDuffie School and ultimately chose UMass over offers from Rutgers, Dayton, Rhode Island, Boston University and Fordham among a few other mid majors.
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After the departure of nearly half of last years team, his decision to stay looks like it is going to pay off in the near future. McLean’s athleticism is his most vital attribute as he is known for his high-flying dunking ability. In fact, don’t be surprised to see him in the College Slam Dunk Championship one day. Overall, it does not appear that creating off the dribble is one of his greatest strengths, but McLean should be able to match his athleticism with intense defensive play to make a huge difference this upcoming season. This combination will get the crowd and his teammates excited and lead to scoring runs that may ultimately be the difference in close games. Hopefully, Mclean will be able to portray more of his skill set in his second season and prove that he is more than the human highlight reel that many know him to be.
Role/Attributes: Bench Role Player, Athleticism, Length
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Quote: Head Coach Matt McCall on McLean’s athletic abilities and potential
“One of the things that stands out the most is just his athleticism,”…“We’ve really been trying to harp to him just about impacting the game on the defensive end of the floor. With his length, with his athleticism, he should always be in the right spot defensively. He should always be in right spot and put his focus on that. He’ll score as a byproduct of being in the right spot.”
Quote from The Massachusetts Daily Collegian article http://dailycollegian.com/2017/10/12/unique-mclean-will-have-the-opportunity-to-play-a-large-role-for-umass-basketball/ by Philip Sanzo