Marcellus' Dan McSweeney, a senior at St. John Fisher, has been a big man on campus--literally.
By Nicole M. Russo
The 6-foot-6-inch center has started in every game over the past two seasons for the Cardinals. Through March 3, he has tallied 791 points during the past four years, That includes a personal-best average of 12.2 per game this season--improving from his mark of 9.3 in the 2005-06 season.
He owns Fisher's single-season record for field goal percentage, making good on 115 of 174 attempts in 2005-06 for 66.1 percent. He also leads the career list, with 326 of 537 attempts for 60.7 percent.
Despite all his success, for McSweeney, it's all about relationships.
"I don't know if it's about moments, or one particular moment," he said. "To me, it's the relationships I've established. A lot of it was through basketball and through the teammates and coaches I've been working with for four years. At the same time, it's the people around the community that make this place special and make me, me, really."
McSweeney has played with a team that has seen post-season action throughout his career. Fisher won its fifth straight Empire 8 conference championship this year, hosting the tournament as the top seed for the fourth straight year.
After defeating Utica College to earn the conference title, Fisher advanced to the NCAA Division III championship for the thirteenth of the last sixteen years. After defeating the Wentworth Institute of Technology 98-71, Fisher faced SUNY Plattsburgh, winning 95-87 and earning a berth in next weekend's NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the third straight year.
The team made the NCAA tournament in March of 2005 after going undefeated for 28 games, the last team to lose in college basketball that year. In 2006, Fisher made it as far as the Elite Eight, a program best.