Wrote a short hoops story for today’s edition of The Gazette about Air Force senior forward/center Mike McLain.
McLain has put together two straight solid games after struggling early in the season and making a team-high 20 turnovers in the Falcons’ first six games. He brings energy, effort and defense to the Falcons, but he’d like to hit some more 3s. He’s 4-of-20 from distance but shoots the ball much better in practice.
McLain shed weight during the summer (going from about 243 to about 216 now) because he expected to play more on the wing with sophomore Sammy Schafer presumably taking over the starting center spot and freshman Taylor Broekhuis backing him up there. But when both went down with injuries, McLain moved back to center. (And he’ll likely stay there for the foreseeable future, as Schafer likely will be sidelined for a while – and perhaps longer).
Despite his weight loss, McLain didn’t lose much strength. He mostly cut down on body fat, and coach Jeff Reynolds said McLain is the Falcons’ best defensive post player.
Switching to football, Stewart Mandel of SI.com predicted the results of each bowl game, including the Armed Forces Bowl.