Jordan McCabe transformed from a boy wonder, a wunderkind of basketball to a man last night. Yes, he appeared on Ellen and became YouTube famous and traveled with the Globetrotters and if you ever forget that, the commentators will remind you of it every single game. Jordan McCabe no longer wants to be seen as the precocious boy who is known for his past accomplishments; rather, he wants to focus on the present and future of his basketball career. Perhaps now instead of bringing up his past, announcers will talk about his coming out party, where he scored 25 points, had 11 assists and 6 steals in an upset win over TCU, a game that led to the start of something special for WVU basketball.
We knew that Jordan McCabe was special, but we finally got to see just how special last night. His dazzling passes, elite ball-handling and outstanding shooting were impressive, but his leadership and never-say-die attitude were what stood out. He had a buzzer-beater opportunity and missed the 3 for the win, and a great opportunity seemed to pass him by. Many players would have shriveled up and felt sorry for themselves, particularly a Freshman with so much pressure on him. Not Jordan McCabe. He has that special Mountaineer Spirit that never gives up. After playing 50 minutes, McCabe got up more practice shots after the game:
Even after he led #WVU with 25 points during a thrilling 104-96 triple overtime win over TCU…
— Patrick Kotnik (@PatrickKotnik) February 27, 2019
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He appears advanced both emotionally and intellectually, conducting and carrying himself in an ultra-mature way in interviews and on the court. He might look like the boy that led his high school team to a Wisconsin state championship, but he is now the man that will lead West Virginia University to many great wins in the Big 12 and NCAA tournament.
From last night: Even though @WVUhoops' record may not indicate it, freshman Jordan McCabe says the 3OT win vs. TCU is proof the team has come a long way over the last few weeks.
In January in Fort Worth, WVU lost by 31. This time around, it battled: pic.twitter.com/QnifT9jpVc
— Nick Farrell (@ByNickFarrell) February 27, 2019
On January 13th, Jordan McCabe tweeted, “The people of this state deserve more than this and we will work until they are represented the right way!” Thank you for representing us and the great state of West Virginia the right way, Jordan.