McGadney Opts For Rehab Over Playing

Auburn, Ala.--<b>Mack McGadney</b> is giving up the rest of his senior year in hopes of recovering from a series of injuries that have severely curtailed his playing time and hampered his playing ability.

The power forward from Mobile suffered a serious knee injury in the eighth game of his junior season and was lost for the rest of the 2000-2001 season. His knee has not responded well during this season and his playing time has been extremely limited by that plus additional problems with his shins and feet.

"It is unfortunate that I am leaving the Auburn University family," says McGadney. "It has been a blessing to me. I have been here with Coach (Cliff) Ellis and the guys and he has taught me how to become a better man. I can do nothing but praise him."

McGadney says a desire to rehab full-time and get well and frustration over his inability to be competitive on the court made the decision a clearcut one. He is also suffering from a shin injury and plantar fasciitis. Ellis says the team doctors have prescribed rest and specific rehab exercises for McGadney, who is scheduled to graduate in May. He will workout with team trainers, but will not practice with the team. He will be a part of the Senior Night program.

With dreams of playing pro basketball, his best chance is to shoot for a complete recovery so he can perform well at pro evaluation camps this summer.

"My mobility isn't there like I want it to be," McGadney says. "I have been thinking about this decision throughout the year. Unfortunately, we are not doing too well right so it is not like I am trying to cop-out or anything. The people around, and the people who associate with me, know that I am a better person than that."

Ellis says he is supportive of the decision. "He is like a son to me," Ellis says. "I sat in his living room with his grandmomma who raised him and I made a commitment to her that Mack would get his degree and be the best person he could. He has lost a lot of his family. It has been sad for me to watch, but I think Mack will become a better person through it. Through his stay at Auburn he has been part of a championship and I believe he was on an SEC All-Tournament team."

As a freshman, he started four games and averaged 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. As a sophomore, he started 11 games and averaged 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds.

He was Auburn's leading scorer and rebounder as a junior when he was injured in a victory over Louisiana-LaFayette. He was averaging 16.9 points and 9.3 rebounds before the injury.

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