McGill Stepping Into Leadership Role

McGill Stepping Into Leadership Role

The Eagle basketball team went through another round of work-outs this afternoon. The team has been working hard adjusting to the new coaching staff and starting to find their roles on the team. Rashard McGill knows he will be called upon as a senior to step up this season.

Coach Tyndall has said in a previous interview with GoldenEaglePride.com that he has big plans for G/F Rashard McGill. The senior wing player has embraced the challenge and is ready to meet the expectations his coach has laid before him.

"The summer is going really well for me right now," he said in an interview following the afternoon work-out.

"I have been taking a few classes so when the fall semester comes around I won't be lagging behind. As far as basketball is concerned, it is going tremendous.

"I have been working out as both a guard and forward and have been doing a lot in the post just trying to expand my game a little bit."

Though he is unsure of what his role will look like on the court, off the court he knows he has a huge part to play.

"To be honest with you I know I am supposed to lead this team," he said. "On the court I can't tell you because the season hasn't started and we don't have our full team in yet. I am looking to lead them and get back to a Conference Championship or another NCAA tournament birth."

McGill said there are a lot of encouraging signs out of summer work-outs for the team as a whole.

"We are a very cohesive team, and we have some who are returning and a few young guys that have fit right in," he said. "As a team we are looking very good. We have the guards, bigs, and now it just comes down to bringing it all together."

He named a few newcomers who have stood out to him so far.

"Chip Armelin from Minnesota has been very impressive so far, he's stepped up and into a leadership role," he said. "Another one would be Devon Hayes who has come in really ready to go."

McGill said Coach Tyndall is a player's coach who has come in and led this team well and earned their respect.

"I love Coach Tyndall," he said. "He's a high energy coach and he's always the one who is on the court teaching and encouraging. He doesn't just sit back and let his assistants do all the teaching.

"He's right in there with us and showing us proper technique. If I could I would play with him for three more years, I wish I could play for him longer than just one year."

With that final year left, McGill said he's out to make the most of his final opportunity in the black and gold.

"This season means the world to me being a senior here," he said. "I want to accomplish things that have never been done here at Southern Miss. Jonathan Mills and I have talked about it, and we want it to be a special season because it is the last one we'll have here."

The Eagles return to the court for another work-out tomorrow.

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