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MAC Men’s Basketball Top Player Countdown: #12 Logan McLane, Miami RedHawks

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The former All-State player from North Carolina showed promise as a freshman before taking a bit of a step back as a sophomore. His junior year was a breakout campaign, where he averaged 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. With the departure of the Weathers brothers, I expect we will see a lot more shots from the versatile big man. He has good mobility for his size and a decent outside shot.

Another factor that might help Logan McLane this season is the departure of so many great big men from the MAC. Not only will it open up the middle, it will also increase the pace of the action. Last season, McLane was streaky. He had some of his best games against the higher tempo teams, like when he scored 29 against Central Michigan and 25 at Toledo.

According to this video, coach Jack Owens will offer greater freedom on offense. I think that will be a boon to the mobile big man.

I fully expect the new coach to lean on McLane. The RedHawks have a lot of other veteran pieces for him to work with. While I am not going to go crazy and call them a MAC contender or anything, I would not be surprised if the team is much better than expectations. Having a guy that has proven he can play on the level of McLane will help.