Role Player: McCann helps Wildcats with attitude, work ethic in practice

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 24, 2008 - Sulphur Springs senior Joseph McCann has taken on a special role for the Wildcats this season under first-year head coach Braughn Curtis, and the 5-11 senior does not mind the role one bit.

McCann is a key figure on the Wildcats' scout team and has played in 12 of the Wildcats' 27 games this season.

"It's been fun, and I have a bunch of good memories here," McCann said. "Even though I don't get to play that much, coach sat me down earlier in the year and said,'You may not get to play very much,' and I told him that I was fine with that. I am here to have fun and do what is best for the team and play my role this year."

McCann said having the meeting with Coach Curtis at the beginning of the season meant a lot to him, and he gained respect for his coach after that.

"It was great because I would rather him be up front with me than not tell me at all," the senior said. "Knowing that my role is to help everybody get better, I am fine with that. He has meant a lot to me because he has been a great person, and I really like him a lot."

Curtis said McCann is one of those players that he enjoys having on the team, and he has a strong work ethic.

"Joseph McCann does a great job for us. In the games that he does come in, he will hit a couple of good threes for us, and he is a good shooter," Curtis said. "He does everything that I ask him to do during practice and he comes every day for all of the meetings. He does his role for us, and he knows what his role is.

"I wish I could play him more, and maybe now we have some games that we could let him play some more for us. He comes in and gives us a good look on the scout team and he does his job well. He is very encouraging and is trying to help us out."

With the Wildcats currently in last place in District 11-4A with an 0-4 record and dealing with a six-game losing streak sandwiched in between 11 losses in their last 14 games, McCann said the team is starting to get frustrated with how the season is going.

"I think people are getting frustrated and the frustration is leading to bad things," McCann said about the recent streak. "It is tough because before the start of the season, I thought that we were going to make it, because everyone outside of the school thought that we were one of the best teams coming through here in a while."

The son of Carl and Sheila McCann has played basketball since he was in the sixth grade and said playing with fellow seniors Andrew Panter, Kaylon Page and Dequalin "Boo" Evans has been worth the times coming to practice.

"It is going to be different not seeing everybody coming in here and messing around with the times that we have had," the senior said. "It is going to be hard to walk away for me, and that is going to be the toughest part for me."

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