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05/02/06

McAdam joins his brother on court

Corey opts for Nazareth, teaming up with Ryan.

James Johnson
Staff writer

(May 2, 2006) When Corey McAdam made his choice for college on Sunday, he decided to wait and tell his older brother, Ryan, in person.

Ryan McAdam, a 6-foot-4 sophomore forward, wanted the 2006 All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year to join him at Division III Nazareth College. But the Fairport senior did not provide many clues that would happen.

"He had me worried," Ryan McAdam said. "I didn't know what he was going to do."

Corey McAdam decided that Nazareth's campus in Pittsford was also the place for him.

"It wasn't that easy, (but) the comfort level I have there is unbelievable," Corey McAdam said. "The freshmen guys (on the team) are the type of kids that I'll be friends with the rest of my life.

"Ryan always talked to me about it. He always said, 'You gotta come to Naz.' He loves the kids at Naz and he's ready to get some winning done."

Fairport won its first Section V title in 31 years last season.

Corey McAdam, 6-2 and 160 pounds, averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the Red Raiders to that elusive championship.

He surprised many followers of Section V basketball with how smooth and, more importantly for Fairport, steady his play was in key situations. That was still the case when opponents stopped underestimating him.

Gannon, Mansfield and Mercyhurst, all Division II colleges in Pennsylvania, offered Corey McAdam scholarships or financial packages. He decided to pass on a visit to The College of Saint Rose, a Division II school, in Albany.

Division I Canisius showed some interest until Mike MacDonald was fired as coach. McAdam's final choice came down to Nazareth and the University of Rochester.

Nazareth, 8-17 last season during Mike Daley's 20th year as coach, won out.

"There's a certain level of trust I need to develop with the coach," McAdam said.

"He's the type of guy who will take care of you when you are there and will take care of you for the rest of your life."

McAdam said that he will go to Nazareth undecided on a major, but has some interest in coaching after graduation and sports psychology.

"I feel awesome," he said. "I'm convinced and relieved.''

And big brother?

"I'm pumped. ... I can't tell you how excited I am,'' Ryan McAdam, 20, said. "He came here last week and played with us. We didn't lose all night. I can't wait. Everybody on the team is excited.

"I thought he would (choose Naz), but (UR) offered him a really good package."

JAMESJ@DemocratandChronicle.com