Langham Creek Lobo leaves as an all-star
By L. SCOTT HAINLINE
Mackey McKnight liked to get everyone involved as a Langham Creek point guard the past three seasons, and that's just what he wants to do as an all-star.
Everybody likes to score and I like to put my teammates in a good position to make that happen," McKnight said. I love the feeling of making a pass that sets them up, especially down the stretch, but if needed, and a good opportunity presents itself, I don't mind taking that last shot with the game on the line."
The 6-0 McKnight, a recent Langham Creek graduate who is headed to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., will play for the North squad in the 66th annual Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Basketball game at 7:30 p.m. Monday in San Antonio.
The elite contest at the Bill Greehey Arena is part of the THSCA's annual convention and school that also includes the 76th All-Star Football game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alamodome.
McKnight was the area's top scorer with 24 points per game last season while chipping in nearly seven assists per outing. He ended up as Langham Creek's all-time leader in points (1,464) and assists (nearly 600), and was the district MVP and an all-state pick as a senior.
He was a terrific player for us, and he always seemed to find a way to win," Langham Creek coach Charles Ament said. He was our sixth man of the year and made honorable mention all-district as a sophomore backup, and was first team all-district and all-region, and the district MVP runner-up, while averaging 14 points and seven assists as a junior.
He always did his best to get every teammate involved, and then he took over. He's a natural leader, and a lot of times before the season even started, he would get the team together for early-morning workouts."
McKnight is the only area player on the North team, and he's more familiar with South All-Stars like Yates guard Joseph Young (Providence), Bush guard Darius Richardson (UT-Arlington) and Elsik guard Kevin Brown (Tulane).
I've heard of some of my North teammates, but I've played against more players on the South," he said. Even though I haven't played with these guys, it's still my job to get them the ball in a good position to score."
McKnight signed with Lehigh early last season before helping lead the Lobos to the region semifinals.
It's a beautiful campus, and my family always stressed academics, and Lehigh is in the top 20 academically," he said. A good education is a top priority because basketball might not be there forever, and I might not be as good as people think I am, so you need to be ready for the rest of your life.
A great education from a school like Lehigh will have me ready for whatever the future holds."
Ament announced McKnight's all-star invitation during a postseason team banquet, and according to the coach, it's a first for the program.
I'm completely honored and excited to be playing, and being the first Langham Creek player to make it makes it even more special," McKnight said. Being able to represent Langham Creek at an event like this is very special and something I'll always remember."