MEET THE MVP: Hallettsville's McGee lifts Brahmas past expectations
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Trevor McGee scored 672 points his senior season, but it is the points he did not score that he remembers most.
Following an offseason of fluxuation within the program, including the departure of eight seniors and the team's veteran head coach, the Hallettsville forward was the lone returning starter from the 2011 squad that advanced to the state tournament.
Despite the odds, McGee desperately wanted to go back. He did not desire it for himself. He wanted it for his younger brother, Trenton McGee, a freshman on the team.
And he almost achieved the goal many believed was farfetched.
Thanks in part to McGee's spectacular play, the Brahmas returned to the Class 2A regional tournament, advancing to the finals, where they were narrowly defeated by San Antonio Cole, 53-52.
"I just really wanted to get (Trenton) that medal, but I came up one point shy," McGee said. "That was my big deal, and I felt bad.
"I just couldn't get over that hump and get him to Austin."
In no way, however, did the defeat overshadow the outstanding season McGee had and his production merited being named the Victoria Advocate's Boys Basketball All-Area MVP.
While leading the Brahmas to a 27-7 overall record and winning the District 28-2A championship with an 11-2 showing, McGee ranked in the top three of almost every statistical category for Hallettsville, leading the team in points (19.8 ppg), steals (3.9 spg) and free-throw percentage (72 percent) and ranking second in 3-point shooting (27 percent), assists (3.3 apg) and rebounds (7.0 rpg).
For first-year head coach Steven Davis, who's only experience prior to inheriting the team from Rich Dozier was as the Brahma's freshmen head coach, McGee was a dream come true.
"It is like having an assistant coach playing for you," Davis said. "Outside of just the basketball playing stuff, I needed some leadership. We had a lot of young guys and a lot of inexperienced guys who hadn't played at that level.
"It was an adjustment, and we had to make that adjustment quick. I needed him to be that leader that he had to be."
Without hesitation, McGee accepted the challenge.
After all, he was groomed for the role.
"It was a tad bit overwhelming," McGee said. "But me and my family had been preparing for this moment, for this year really. It's always been a dream for me to lead a team, so we've really been preparing for pretty much my whole life.
"I was practicing on my one-on-one game, my individual stuff, just so that when this time came I would be able to take a leadership role. Sometimes it was a little bit head-rattling, but I definitely enjoyed that, especially when it would be the end of a close game and my teammates would be looking to me to do something. I loved that feeling that they were depending on me."
More often than not, McGee delivered, topping the 20-point plateau 16 times. As a junior, he never scored more than 19 points in a game, averaging 9.6 points per game.
Although he was forced to take on more responsibility both on and off the court, he excelled in the role and the team exceeded outsiders' expectations.
Davis, however, never doubted his team would make it back to the regional tournament and his confidence wore off on McGee.
"I told them that we were going to make it back to the regional tournament and from there anything could happen," the coach said. "When it actually did happen, it was pretty remarkable."
According to McGee, the fact so many expected so little from the team allowed the Brahmas to thrive.
"Losing everybody, losing the coach, there wasn't much pressure on us, but the team really did take it personally," the district MVP said.
With his high school career concluded, McGee is considering attending Texas A&M, where he wants to try and walk on to the basketball team.
"I understand walking onto a Division I school is pretty tough, but it is worth a shot," he said.