For as long as Four McGlynn can remember, he always knew what was next for him and his basketball future.
Even as much as he bounced around in college, the Dallastown grad always controlled his next move. But, after completing his college career last spring with Rhode Island, McGlynn was faced with the realization that what came next wasn't completely up to him.
He went through the spring and summer months working out to improve his basketball skills, but was struggling to find a professional team to sign him to a contract. But, after attending a combine in Atlanta last week and then going to another draft combine this past weekend, McGlynn now knows where his next basketball — and first professional — move will be.
On Sunday, he was selected with the third overall pick by the Orangeville A's (Ontario) of the National Basketball League of Canada, one of 20 players selected in the 2016 draft out of close to 100 players who were at the combine.
"It's awesome. I've been waiting since I finished playing at the University of Rhode Island," McGlynn said on Sunday night. "This has always been a dream of mine ever since I can remember. It's been a really long process and I think I stopped playing college basketball in March or April, so, for me, it's been really stressful because I'm always used to knowing what my next step is."
According to Four's father, Patrick McGlynn III, Four originally had a contract to play over in England, but while he was waiting for his work visa, the player he was expected to replace returned from injury and Four's contract was voided. During that time, Four was advised by his agent, Glenn Wallace of Peterson Sports to turn down NBA D-League workout opportunities to avoid injury, according to Patrick McGlynn.
Four admitted that he didn't know a ton about the NBL of Canada prior to working out at the combine, but since he's been drafted, he's researched the league and realized that it has some quality talent. When McGlynn takes the court this winter, he'll be competing against other former high-level Division I players, such as Scoop Jardine (Syracuse), Wally Ellenson (Marquette), Jarryn Skeete (Buffalo) and James Siakam (Vanderbilt).
"There's a lot of really good talent in the league," McGlynn said. "The commissioner said it's an up-and-coming league. ...So, there's really high-caliber players and I'm really expecting that the competition is going to be really good and I'm excited to see how it all transpires."
Bouncing around in college: Over the course of his college career, McGlynn could never find a true home at any one school.
Coming out of Dallastown as the program's all-time leading scorer, McGlynn was committed to the University of Vermont. As a freshman, he was named the 2011-12 America East Rookie of the Year after leading the Catamounts in scoring (12.0 ppg), three-pointers made (68) and free throw percentage (88.9 percent) while playing in all 36 games and helping lead the program to the NCAA Tournament.
But, after his freshman season, McGlynn transferred to Towson, where he had to sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer regulations. During his redshirt sophomore year, McGlynn made a name for himself as a sharp-shooter, both from the free throw line and 3-point line. He ranked sixth in the nation in free throw percentage at 91.3 percent and third in the Colonial Athletic Association in 3-point percentage, shooting at a 40 percent clip from deep. As a redshirt junior, he led the Tigers in scoring, averaging 12 points per game.
After completing his undergrad studies in 2014-15, McGlynn still had one more year of athletic eligibility and transferred to Rhode Island as a graduate transfer. Originally expected to come off the bench as the sixth man, McGlynn's role grew immediately after the Rams' starting guard E.C. Matthews tore his ACL in the first week of the season. McGlynn assumed the starting role and averaged 11.6 points per game and shot nearly 88 percent from the free throw line, but saw a drop in his outside shooting, making just 34.7 percent of his 3-point attempts in the much more competitive Atlantic 10 Conference.
More than a shooter: McGlynn said he'll report to Orangeville on Dec. 5 with training camp beginning on Dec. 6. The first game will be on Dec. 26, which is the national holiday of Boxing Day in Canada.
Now with his next step in place, McGlynn is ready to get back to playing competitive basketball. He's hoping to make a mark in the league and use it as a springboard to bigger things.
But, he also wants to use it as a way to show people that he's much more than just a sharp-shooting guard.
That there's much more to his game.
"My ball-handling," McGlynn admitted is an underrated aspect to his game. "Most of my career, I played off the ball. But, actually, throughout much of the draft combine, I played the point guard position, which I think opened a lot of people's eyes that I had a lot more to my game than just being one-dimensional."
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