Boys Basketball: Sohn McGee thriving as Central Crossing Comets’ point guard

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Senior Sohn McGee has excelled in his first season with Central Crossing, averaging team highs in points (16.1), rebounds (7.9) and assists (3.5) through nine games. McGee previously attended Westland.
Senior Sohn McGee has excelled in his first season with Central Crossing, averaging team highs in points (16.1), rebounds (7.9) and assists (3.5) through nine games. McGee previously attended Westland.

Sohn McGee lets his play do the talking, and the senior for the Central Crossing boys basketball team has been coming across loud and clear.

The soft-spoken, 6-foot-5 point guard can put up big scoring numbers, dish out assists or even get the rebound and head down court. No matter what the situation, McGee has been the catalyst first-year coach Brent Cahill needed to solidify his team.

Through nine games, McGee led the Comets in scoring (16.1 points per game), rebounding (7.9) and assists (3.5).

“Sohn’s a really good basketball player, and he has a high IQ,” said Cahill, whose team was 6-4 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Buckeye Division entering its Jan. 14 matchup against Groveport. “For us, he does a little bit of everything. He can have an impact on the game by scoring 12 points with eight rebounds and eight assists or he can have a big night with 20 points and four or five assists.

“Early in the year we had a three-game winning streak (to start the season), and he would have 12 or 14 points, nine or 10 rebounds and seven or eight assists. He just does a lot for us.”

McGee moved to the Central Crossing portion of South-Western City Schools after attending Westland, where he averaged 10.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists last season. On Jan. 5, he had 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the host Comets defeated his former squad 65-40.

“I wasn’t nervous (playing against Westland). I treated it like any other game,” McGee said. “When I came over (to Central Crossing), I had to learn the offense first so I could help my teammates be in the right spot. It’s a different atmosphere and I’ve had to meet new people and get to know how they play.”

Cahill said McGee is becoming a leader on and off the court.

“Sohn has fit in perfectly,” Cahill said. “He’s a likable kid, and he has some close friends who are seniors on the team that I think he knew before he came over here but he wasn’t close to (them). He’s made a really smooth transition.

“His approach to the game is the same every day and that’s one of the things I’m most proud about. He comes in to work and tries to get better with the team.”

Despite excelling in all phases of the game, Cahill singled out McGee’s court vision as one of his most valuable traits.

“I think passing, distributing the ball, that’s what Sohn does best,” he said. “I’ve told college coaches I think the best thing that he does is rebound and go. He’s hard to stay in front of when he’s going downhill.

“He’s a big guard and we post him a lot. When we played (league games against) Newark (49-34 loss Dec. 17) and (Pickerington) Central (48-29 loss Dec. 10), they did a good job of taking him out. But as the season has gone on, the other guys have stepped up. I don’t think it will affect us as much as it did earlier in the season.”

McGee started playing basketball as a 7-year-old and quickly developed a passion for the sport that can be seen in his intensity on the court.

“I caught a love for the game of basketball, and when I started I never wanted to stop,” he said. “I think my decision-making and my court vision are the best parts of my game. That and my ability to attack with the basketball.

“Coach believes that practicing hard is important and it’s also important the way we carry ourselves. We have to believe in ourselves. He gets on us when we make mistakes, but he does it in a way to make us better. All he wants is to make us better.”

McGee wants to continue playing, but has not made a college choice. Cahill said McGee would be a perfect fit for most programs, especially in the way he has adjusted during his one season with the Comets.

“It’s tough to come here to a school for one year,” Cahill said. “As a coach I want him to be accountable for the other kids to help build the program. It’s hard for a one-year kid to come in here and do that when that’s really not in his inner makeup. He’s the first here (to practice) and usually the last to leave, so in that aspect he’s been really good as a leader.”

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