So Long Andre McGee

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The image of Andre McGee playing defense was rarely seen in print media or elswhere, most photos depicting him shooting or dunking the ball. That’s why this photo is so great, embodying  the image forever embedded in the memories of Louisville basketball fandom, the sight of McGee terrifying opposing point guards.

Rick Pitino’s staff keeps track of deflections but doesn’t make these stats available to the public. What we do know, however, is that he is credited with 46 steals during his senior season. He, along with Preston Knowles, made defense fun to watch for fans but a living hell for other teams.

When people talk about the all-time best Louisville teams in the future, Andre has to be part of the conversation.

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If you’re following the University of Louisville women’s basketball team to St. Louis for the NCAA Final Four, the place to meet up with fellow Card fans is Morgan Street Brewery at 721 North Second Street.  Morgan Street manager partner Steve Owings is ordering extra Kentucky whiskey and may brew a batch of Cardinal Red Lager for his guests.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

3 thoughts on “So Long Andre McGee

  • April 3, 2009 at 11:04 am
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    Andre was instrumental in all the success we enjoyed this season, that’s for sure. We will definitely miss him but he set a great example for players who will follow him.

  • April 3, 2009 at 1:01 pm
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    Thanks for all you did for U of L, Dre. God bless you and best of everything to you in the future….might even see you on the bench as one of RP’s proteges. one day. Go CARDS!

  • April 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm
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    Threeeee McGeeeeee. Paul will tell you that it was his favorite Sean Moth incantation in Freedom Hall over the last couple of years….better than the E-5, Terrance Williams or other Moth originals. Seeing Andre on the court was an affirmation of what hardwork, dedication and desire can produce and Rick could do a lot worse in a graduate assistant and continuing role model for the Cardinal to come. Atta boy “33”…you’ll always be the man.

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