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Talking Grammer, Ep. 18: New UNM Lobos PG Keith McGee


In Episode 18, new UNM Lobo point guard Keith McGee talks about growing up in New York, what got him to UNM and he’s remarkably open about some insecurities he’s had as a player, saying he had to overcome confidence issues both at the junior college he played at last season and earlier this semester at UNM when he started playing with the Lobos.

The podcast accompanies a feature that published in the Oct. 31 Journal: CLICK HERE

Here is a breakdown of the podcast, which can be listened to here using the player app above, on Soundcloud or on iTunes (please subscribe!):

• 4:35 – Conversation with Keith McGee

• 5:50 – He’s a New York basketball player. He does talk a little trash. But Keith wasn’t always that way.

“Growing up, it used to bother me. At first, I wasn’t really the guy who liked to talk a lot of smack. I was just more so play just to play because I loved the game. So at first, it kind of bothered me, people talking to me. Then that’s when I started to talk back. It’s like, when you talk, you gotta actually back it up. Before, I wouldn’t do that. But when I started doing it — when I started talking, I started to back it up more and then just genuinely became more talkative.”

• 7:00 – Living overseas while dad played professional basketball in Qatar

“I really enjoyed it. I loved being over there. Waking up, I just felt like a professional. Waking, up, my father going to the gym, he would take me to the gym with him. Watching him play. Working out with him. On top of that, Qatar is just beautiful weather.”

• 11:00 – He gets to South Plains College and wasn’t a starter.

“I had to get in the gym. I had to become more confident. At first, I started off kind of nervous. This was my first college basketball, so I was kind of nervous. But overtime, I adjusted pretty quickly.”

• 12:00 – Winning MVP of the NJCAA national tournament

“It was a blessing.”

• 13:30 – Keith talks about his grandfather.

“He’s my best friend.”

• 18:30 – Keith talks about coming to UNM knowing they had a player like JaQuan Lyle who had played the point guard position at Ohio State in the past.

“When I first found out who he was and I looked him up, I was like, ‘There is no way I’m going to be able play over this guy.’ I was nervous. I’m not going to lie.”

• 24:10 – For those who haven’t seen him play yet, what kind of point guard does Keith describe himself as?

To view the entire archive of Talking Grammer podcasts, CLICK HERE:

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