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28. Cleveland St.
Charles Pierce
November 19, 1986
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."
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November 19, 1986

28. Cleveland St.

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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.

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