Four McGlynn isn’t taking any time to get acclimated with his new team.
McGlynn, a 2011 Dallastown High School graduate, scored 33 points in his first game with Illiabum Clube of the Portugal Basketball League on Sunday, Oct. 7. The 6-foot, 2-inch guard added five boards and three assists in the 83-80 loss.
This season is McGlynn’s second in Portugal. He led the league in scoring at 23.9 points per game for Lusitania a season ago.
Choosing Illiabum: McGlynn, who played in college for Vermont, Towson and Rhode Island, said he thought Illiabum would be a good fit for him.
“I was looking at some different options about where to play for this season,” McGlynn said in an email. “When speaking to the director of the club, the coach and also Americans that have played here in the past, it seemed like a comfortable place to play, while allowing me to showcase my abilities for an entire season.”
McGlynn, 26, said he expects to improve in his second pro season because he is more comfortable in Portugal.
“I am already familiar with the setup of the league and the style of play, so it will make it much easier to prepare for games and have an understanding of what to expect while enduring the long season over here,” McGlynn said.
Last season: McGlynn’s season in Portugal last season was his second year out of college.
After averaging 11.6 points as a starter for Rhode Island in 2015-16, McGlynn was drafted into the National Basketball League of Canada, but he didn’t finish the season in Canada.
McGlynn said he enjoyed his time with Lusitania last season.
“Last season was very interesting,” McGlynn said. “It was my first time really being in a foreign country for an extended amount of time.”
He added that adapting to the new culture was his biggest learning experience last season.
“I basically learned how to adapt to dealing with teammates and the culture of those who are from foreign countries,” he said. “There was a big language barrier, as most of the people did not speak English, so I had to manage ways around that and figure out how to get things done.”
McGlynn said it was his first time having “culture shock.”
“It was the first time that I had not been able to communicate with people on the team without any issues,” McGlynn said. “Also, it made it more difficult to order food and just to navigate to and from places, which I had never had an issue with before.”
On the court, McGlynn said he became a more balanced player.
“Last year I played a lot more point guard than I did in college,” he said. “The majority of the season I was trying to adjust from being strictly a scorer to an all-around playmaker.”
Basketball future: McGlynn said he’s not sure what’s next for him after this season, but he hopes to continue moving up the basketball ladder.
“After this season is over, hopefully I will have played well enough and have the numbers to play in a better country that has larger opportunities for more money and things of that nature,” he said. “But right now, I am just excited to be playing and am looking forward to what the season has in store for me.”
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