Brady: McCarter Gives JMU More than an Extra Body

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

Matt Brady has had a new all-CAA performer on the floor with his James Madison men's basketball team the past few days.

But Rockeed McCarter's all-conference recognition came for his work on the football field, not the basketball court.

"Rock is our most recent addition to our squad," Brady joked after practice Tuesday.

"Basketball's my second sport," said McCarter, who had been working with the basketball team as part of an academic practicum.

But with sophomores Devon Moore and Andrey Semenov sidelined by injuries, and senior Dazz Thornton limited, Brady found the numbers short in practice this week.

And McCarter found himself in a practice jersey.

"We played basketball with him in the summer," sophomore forward Julius Wells said. "I mean, he's very gifted on the basketball court as well as the football field. So he's just out here helping us get tougher."

"It's real hard. It's a lot of conditioning. Way different than football," said McCarter, who hadn't played organized basketball since his senior year of high school.

"We laughed about it, but football is different than basketball. You go hard for seven, eight, nine seconds in football," said Brady. "But today, his wind was noticeably better, and his effort was terrific."

Last month, McCarter concluded his four-year football career at JMU with third-team all-CAA recognition as a wide receiver.

Brady says McCarter won't be joining the Dukes. But the coach does hope to have him on hand for practice over the next few weeks.

"He's an energetic fella," Brady said. "So it's not just that he's an extra body or that he's got a basketball background or he knows how to play. But he plays with great energy and hustle and eagerness. And we need that."


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