Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)
Through his first three seasons at University of the Sciences, located just south and west of Penn’s campus in University City, Jon McGill bided his time as a reserve behind talented Devils players like Garret Kerr, Sho Da-Silva, Wes Kerr and more.
Now finally, in his senior year, the Ridley grad has emerged as a full-time starter for head coach Dave Pauley.
This week, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound wing was named Sam Cozen Player of the Week by the Philadelphia Small College Association on Tuesday, coming off a three-game stretch where he averaged 17.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg for the Devils.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have guys like Wes Kerr, Garret Kerr, T-John, Dylan Kerwin to pave the way for my first few years, I learned a lot from them,” he said. “And I was pretty prepared for them to leave because I knew the role I would step in to. So them being there in the beginning really helped me out to come into this role this year.”
Through his first three years at USciences, McGill averaged just a smidge over two points per game, including 3.3 ppg in 13.7 mpg. Through the first dozen games of this season, he’s at 13.6 ppg, shooting 44.8 percent from 3-point range and 92.9 percent from the foul stripe, chipping in 4.8 rpg as well.
It’s been a long time coming for McGill, who came out of the same Ridley program as his head coach, albeit nearly four decades later.
“It’s a great honor to be here, to get this award,” he said at the podium, adding “it’s nice having a coach from Ridley, he’s done a lot for me here.”
A pharmaceutical & healthcare business major, McGill is currently searching for an internship as he starts to think about his career, though he hadn’t yet settled on one specific path to take out of college.
“I kind of want to test my limits in the field, try to get out of my comfort zone, see what part of the field that I could excel in the most,” he said.
-- Arcadia senior Ryan Kelley MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week honors this week. The 6-0 guard out of Mt. Arlington, N.J. is averaging a team-high 12.3 ppg plus 4.4 rpg and 4.1 apg for the Knights. In two games last week, he poured in 37 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds as Arcadia went 2-0.
-- Valley Forge coach Alfred Johnson won his 250th career game last month. The first-year coach has guided VFMA to a 6-5 record so far this year; sophomores Khalif Tinley (20.2 ppg) and Dominick Morales (19.4 ppg) are carrying the load.
-- Cabrini returned three players from injury last week, as Jimmy Robinson III, Kane McGovern and DeVahnte Mosley all got their first action of the season. McGovern -- a 6-0 junior guard from Emmaus (Pa.) -- had the best return, going 5-for-9 from deep in two games to average 9.5 ppg in 15 minutes per contest.
-- Harcum College has been incredibly balanced to start the season off, with six players averaging between 10.5 and 13.1 ppg, and two others averaging 8.6 ppg. A pair of sophomores, forward Saren Westrop (12.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and Milik Gantz (11.6 ppg, 7.5 apg) are both picking up Division I offers for Harcum, which is 10-5 despite playing just three home games.