Dallastown grad Four McGlynn off to sizzling start with pro basketball team in Portugal
- Four McGlynn was named the Portuguese Basketball League Player of the Week for round 1 of the season, averaging 26.5 points per game for Lusitania.
- Lusitania sits in sixth place in the standings with a 1-1 record.
- McGlynn is a 2011 graduate of Dallastown who played at Vermont, Towson and Rhode Island in college.
If there was any concern about Four McGlynn struggling to adjust to playing professional basketball overseas, those doubts have been quickly erased.
Playing for Lusitania in the Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (Portuguese Basketball League/LPB), the Dallastown High School graduate has more than just basketball to worry about. There's the language barrier with his teammates and the locals, along with learning the culture of a new land.
When it comes to the stuff on the court, however, that's just about playing basketball, and McGlynn's game hasn't let him down.
Through the first round/week of the LPB season, McGlynn is leading the league in scoring, earning him Eurobasket.com Player of the Week honors for the LPB.
"The Player of the Week honor was a really cool accomplishment," McGlynn said via email. "Obviously, it would have been great to have the award and have won both games, but it was nice to be recognized for my performances. I put in a tremendous amount of work during my time prior to coming here, and also throughout the entire preseason, so to see it pay off in the way that it did was tremendous."
Through two games, Lusitania is 1-1, sitting in sixth place, with McGlynn averaging 26.5 points per game. That leads the LPB and is 4.5 points per game higher than the No. 2 scorer. In his team's lone win of the season, McGlynn poured in 30 points and added three rebounds and three assists. In Lusitania's defeat, McGlynn again led his team with 23 points.
The stint in Portugal is the second attempt at a professional career in a different country for McGlynn. After completing his final year of college eligibility in 2016 with Rhode Island, McGlynn was drafted into the National Basketball League of Canada, but didn't stick.
Culture shock: McGlynn, 25, signed his deal with Lusitania back in August and reported to the team in early September. McGlynn is currently living in the Azores Island chains, which is surrounded by beaches and a heavy tourist area.
Having only been in Portugal for a little more than a month, McGlynn is still getting used to the culture of the country, but the basketball is relatively similar.
"The first few days I experienced a huge culture shock," McGlynn said. "There are not many people that speak fluent English, so simple tasks such as ordering food or even saying hello and goodbye are extremely difficult. The food also took quite some time to get used to, as they do not offer many of the traditional dishes that are so commonly found in the states.
"The style of basketball is not that much different. The one main difference (in basketball) is the shot clock is based on a 24-second scale, which causes an increased pace of play. The adjustment to the basketball aspect did not take much time, which made the transition to game play that much easier."
McGlynn did say things were made a bit easier on him with the addition of one other American, Dominique Coleman, allowing him somebody to speak to without a language barrier.
College career: A graduate of Dallastown in 2011, the 6-foot, 2-inch shooting guard had a strong NCAA Division I collegiate career for three different programs. Originally starting at Vermont, McGlynn was named the America East Rookie of the Year in 2011-12, before transferring to Towson.
After sitting out a year because of NCAA transfer regulations, McGlynn spent his next two seasons with the Tigers as a sharp shooter from 3-point range and at the free throw line.
With a year of eligibility remaining after the 2013-14 season, McGlynn transferred to Rhode Island of the Atlantic 10 Conference as a graduate transfer. Despite going in with the expectations of coming off the bench, McGlynn was thrust into a starter's role after the first game following a season-ending injury to E.C. Matthews. During that season, McGlynn averaged 11.6 points per game, while also playing an average of 33.6 minutes per game.
McGlynn and Lusitania's next game is set for this Saturday, Oct. 14.
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