He was a key player in the Thunderbolts’ win over Lithgow to progress to the state league final four but Scott McGann won’t take part in the finals series.
McGann has been back in Bolts colours since late May after he returned to Australia while college was on holidays.
However, the semester at Lake Land College is about to kick off again which means the Armidale junior is headed back to the US.
McGann will touch down in St Louis on Wednesday afternoon (US time) and said the return was “bittersweet”.
“I’m ecstatic that the boys are heading back to the finals this weekend but gutted at the same time that I won’t be there to help them bring home the banner,” McGann said.
“But at least this year I get to leave after a one-point win and not a one-point loss like last season.”
Official practice at Lake Land starts on August 20 but McGann said he’ll jump straight into work with the coach to “knock some of the rust off from the flight”.
The determination stems from the goals McGann has set for the year.
“At the end of the season my goal is to have earned a Division 1 scholarship to another school and continue with them for the next two years,” McGann said.
“In terms of individual goals I just want to continue to develop as a player and a person, gain more and more experience that I can hopefully pass onto others when I return back to Australia.”
He wants to give basketball a good shake and McGann’s already learnt plenty from his first year in the US.
McGann said diet and weightlifting would both be a “big focus” this season.
He also said not getting too hung up on a bad game or a good performance was important.
“It’s a long season and focusing too much on an individual event is detrimental not only to myself but my team as well,” he said.