CHARLESTON, S.C. – Expected to make an immediate impact, junior forward Travis McConico has done just that for Charleston Southern. McConico led the Bucs with 17 points in Friday's season opener at Davidson, and paces the team in scoring and rebounding through two games.
"Coach Radebaugh really trusts me shooting the ball and now dribbling the ball a lot," said McConico, a transfer from Florida State College at Jacksonville. "I know as a junior, with us starting three freshmen and a sophomore, I have a big leadership role so I really feel confident with the ball in my hands."
McConico is being tabbed to fill the 'stretch four' role that Mathiang Muo and Will Saunders played on CSU's two Big South regular season championship clubs under head coach Barclay Radebaugh. Like Muo and Saunders, who rank seventh and tied for 11th in program history in made three-pointers, McConico enjoyed a stellar junior college career. He averaged 19.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season at FSCJ while knocking down 93 threes at a 42 percent clip.
"When you look up at our rafters and see the two banners that we've put up there, both of those have been when we had a tremendous stretch four," Radebaugh said. "Travis certainly is that caliber of player. He's an equal with Mathiang and Will in ability to shoot the ball and when I say that, that's really significant because Mathiang and Will are two of the best players we've ever had here. He's very determined and growing defensively but without a doubt, his biggest attribute is his ability to shoot it."
Radebaugh and associate head coach Ahmad Smith also feel McConico's ability to make plays off the dribble may add another wrinkle to his role in the Bucs' dribble-drive system. McConico is working hard to round out his game and feels CSU will continue to mesh as non-conference play progresses.
"Charleston Southern just really made me feel at home," McConico said of the recruiting process. "They made me feel wanted and so far in the time that I've been here, it feels like home. I really feel like I'm a real big key piece on the team and we have a chance at going on a run this year."