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Senior helping Carroll boys basketball through skills, character

The Carroll boys basketball team has been spreading around the offensive wealth pretty well so far this season, and with good results.

The Dragons navigated a difficult non-district schedule and competed in every game, and picked up a big win in the second district contest against the always game Richland.

A big part of the reason why is the play of Joey McCormick, who has been a scoring machine throughout much of the season, and coach Eric McDade said McCormick is the sort of player that every coach wants on his team.

“I think Joey is a prime example of a guy working his way to maximize his potential,” McDade said. “Starting out from his freshman year, we knew he was a good player and that he had potential, and then he kept developing, and then he grew and grew and kept developing, and he really grew into a special-type kid.”

McCormick averaged 17 points per game through the first three district contests, and McDade said that scoring is not the only way the Carroll senior contributes to the team.

“He can play inside and outside,” McDade said. “He’s got great character and a great sense of humor. He’s just a really, really good guy to have on the team. He started out and he was barely six feet, now he is 6-6. He was a guard, and now he has guard skills, and he can play inside and go in either direction. He’s a good player.”

McDade said that McCormick is also getting it done in the classroom as well.

“He is a great student,” McDade said. “I think he has like a 104 GPA.”

As Carroll moves forward with its district season, McDade said he will continue to rely on McCormick for leadership.

“This class is a deep senior class, so we have a lot of guys in that class that have been a big part of our program,” McDade said. “Joey is one of those guys, and we rely on him heavily to go out and perform on the floor, but also to model what our program is all about.”