With one semester in the books it means the half way point of the season and time to separate contenders from pretenders. McCune is determined to be the leader of his Saginaw High team and knows he must lead by example.
McCune played his best game of his career this past Saturday against previously ranked #1 Romulus.
McCune's performance turned out 28 points and 24 rebounds, while drawing seven charges in the Trojans 78-74 overtime win.
"I was watching the news the night before and it said that Romulus was going to invade Saginaw. As the leader of this team I couldn't allow that to happen," said the 6-7 junior.
What was so special about the performance was the way McCune took care of business. At 6-7 he played like a true wing. He handled the ball, played on the perimeter, and made a plethora of long range jump shots.
Thanks to McCune's efforts Saginaw is now ranked #1 in the state according to the Detroit Free Press.
"My back has been against the wall. It's time for me to start bringing my "A" game. My team needs me to lead and I feel like I finally understand what it takes to lead. Everything is improving from my grades to my game," proclaimed McCune.
It seems like the perfect time for McCune to start maturing as the junior is starting to realize the big picture. "I want to play high major college basketball and I knew I needed to improve as a student-athlete to do that," explained McCune.
As of date McCune only claims two offers but he said now that he is on the right track that list should grown fast.
"I have offers from Providence and Xavier right now. I raised my G.P.A. to a 3.0 so that really impressed some coaches. I think I'll be able to get another five offers in the next few weeks and that includes Michigan and Michigan State. Both of those schools have been talking to Coach Dawkins," said McCune.
Even though McCune's all around situation has improved, and his performance over Romulus was huge, he knows he still has plenty of work to do this season. "It is in the past now. I can't dwell over it anymore. We need to keep working because we have goals to accomplish like winning the Saginaw Valley League and making a run in the state playoffs," McCune said confidently.
It's a good thing McCune isn't dwelling on the past because one of those hurdles will come this weekend as the Trojans will face off against rival Arthur Hill, who withstood Saginaw 71-66 on January 2nd.
But even though that was less than a month I think you will see a different Tommie McCune.