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Super 6er McGhee reaches milestone, ready to lead No. 1 Tornadoes on deep state run

Monroe star and Herald Super 6er Jabari McGhee recently hit his 1,000th point for his career and has The Herald No. 1 Tornadoes unbeaten in region play. (joe.bellacomo@albanyherald.com)

Monroe star and Herald Super 6er Jabari McGhee recently hit his 1,000th point for his career and has The Herald No. 1 Tornadoes unbeaten in region play. (joe.bellacomo@albanyherald.com)

ALBANY — There is no list of players at Monroe who have scored 1,000 points, but Tornadoes coach Marquis Davis knows it would be a short one.

And that’s why he — and others — are so impressed with Herald Super 6er Jabari McGhee, who surpassed the 1,000-point mark recently.

“He is among the elite at Monroe,’’ Davis said of McGhee. “Only a few players in the past 15 years have scored like that. I don’t know how many players (at Monroe have scored 1,000 points), but not many. One guy you would have to put down is (former South Alabama star) Demetrius Bennett. He’s the uncle of (Monroe guard) Keith Bowens. Another guy would be Chris Daniels, who went on to play for Georgia. Jabari is among the elite.’’

McGhee, who is having a monster year and already making a strong case to win The Herald’s Willie Boston Player of the Year award, is leading Monroe on and off the court, and the Tornadoes are having a season to remember. They’re 19-2 and have been ranked in The Herald’s Fab 5 poll for the entire season. If they end there, they’ll be the first team in the history of the poll to be No. 1 wire-to-wire.

McGhee is at the heart of everything Monroe has done. He is not only averaging a double-double for the season — with an 18-point average and 10 rebounds a game — but he is the leader and go-to-guy for a team full of talent.

More importantly, he has been his best in the big games, and he’s pretty modest about surpassing the 1,000-point mark.

“Sometimes you put yourself in position to accomplish things. Scoring 1,000 points wasn’t something I came here expecting to accomplish,’’ McGhee, who played as a freshman and started as a sophomore, said Wednesday.

McGhee then added: “When I came to Monroe, I had one goal, and that was to win a state championship. It’s great (to surpass 1,000 points), but we’re winning — and that’s all I care about.’’

McGhee started some games as a freshman because starter Brandon Johnson, a Herald Super 6er, had injuries that sidelined him for about a third of the year. McGhee replaced Johnson and also came off the bench. Then he came into his own as a sophomore.

“He’s been productive for four years,’’ Davis said. “It’s very seldom you get a guy who is productive for four years. He began starting as a 10th-grader, and ever since then the sky has been the limit for him. He broke out his sophomore year, and he has gotten better. He has improved in all categories this year.’’

McGhee said the team’s success this season comes from their bond with each other, and he added that the Nadas are closer and more of a team — on and off the court.

“My teammates, that’s why I got 1,000 points,’’ McGhee said. “They get me the ball. They put the ball in my hands. The ball has to come from somewhere. I don’t play point guard.’’

McGhee, who currently sits at 1,126 career points, might have a lot more if he had started as a freshman, but now he believes it helped him more to be on the bench.

“I learned a lot sitting down,’’ he said. “It made me cherish the game. I thank coach Davis for that. It kept me humble.’’

Comments

AuntieDee 1 year, 2 months ago

Congratulations Jabari! We are very proud of you! You've done a superfantastic job leading the Nadas. I like the way you give credit to your coach and your teammates for your success. It speaks volumes for who you are as a person. Many blessings to you in your future endeavors!

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dmyers80 1 year, 2 months ago

Great job...I love his consistency, he's never been that 25 or 30 points a game guy, but when you have a big man who can be counted on to score in the high teens and 10+ rebounds per game you have a great piece to build your offense around. I've been seeing him play since he was a freshman and every year I can see that he has grown and transformed into a better player than the year before, keep working hard and stay humble and you will be successful at what ever you do!

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AuntieDee 1 year, 2 months ago

Dmyers, Like you said, Jabari is not a 25 or 30 pt every game kind of guy. However, he has made 20+ in several games during this season. On Dec.4 against AHS he had 33 pts., on Dec 14 against Westover he had 29 pts and against Westover again on Jan 12 he had 30 pts. He also has 20+ pts in 3 other games. The article was incorrect. To date he has 1157 career points.

By the way...Jabari is is the reason I take those comments about Monroe's gym personal. :0)

Thanks for your support!

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dmyers80 1 year, 2 months ago

He reminds me of Donnell Harvey (Randolph Clay 99), I watched/ played against him all 4 years in high school. His freshman year he was just skinny little kid on a team full of stars... By the end of his sophomore year he had come into his own, worked hard every summer stayed in the camps and weight room... By his senior year he was a BEAST!! Jabari seems like a great kid..., you all keep up the good work!!

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AuntieDee 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks...He is a great kid...on and off the court!.

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