Kevin Mackey is
not easily amazed, but he was the first time he saw Ken (Mouse) McFadden in an
AAU game. With his team well ahead, the slim, Archibaldian 6'1" guard waved
his teammates away and moonwalked the ball around the perimeter. "I nearly
fell out of the stands," Mackey says. Last season, Mackey's run-'n'-stun
Vikings (29-4) bumped off Indiana and St. Joseph's in the NCAAs, then came
within a mouse's whisker of beating Navy. Though the freshman Mouse averaged
only 22 minutes for the season, he squeezed in an average of 13.7 points.
"Ah, but this year," says Mackey, "we turn him loose."
The Mouse's tale
is a tangled one. He played no high school ball to speak of in New York City
but made his name torching high school legends in summer games: 47 points
against Ed Davender (now of Kentucky); 39 off Rod Strickland ( DePaul). But
McFadden's transcript resembled the side of a subway train. "The only
classes I flunked were the ones I didn't show up for," he says. Mackey took
a chance on him, and the Mouse found a home in Cleveland. The coach remembers
McFadden fairly trembling with anticipation before last season's game against
De-Paul. "I couldn't figure out what was up," Mackey says. "And
then I remembered—Strickland." The Mouse got 26 on him as the Vikes won
easily. "Yeah, the Strick, he was surprised," McFadden laughs.
"They all thought they left the Mouse behind." Not likely.