Urban ASAK alum Darius McBride went to-to-toe with one of the state’s best prospects in Dylan Disu and led his team to victory in Wednesday’s fall league game in Pflugerville.
McBride had 16 points and knocked down a pair of triples in what was a close, hard fought game.
“We just knew this one was going to be a battle,” McBride said. “Overall we played pretty well and got the W.”
McBride was given the unenviable task of guarding 6’8 forward Dylan Disu, a Vanderbilt commit who couldn’t seem to miss in the first half but slowed down as the game progressed.
“I took pride in defending him,” McBride said. “I slowed him down some. We got a couple stops.”
McBride took a little while to settle in, but eventually got rolling on both sides of the ball as he carried the Chaps to an impressive win over a top-10 team in the state.
“I feel I played well. This is my first year at Westlake, so I’m getting used to all the guys and they’re getting used to me. I just feel I have to be dominant and attack as much as I can with these guys.”
Just a few weeks after announcing his commitment to play for SMU, McBride is now free of the pressures recruitment brings and can focus his attention solely on hitting the books and winning a state championship.
“The recruitment side was stressful, but going into the season I have the same mindset as I’ve always had – that I have to prove something, regardless if I’m committed,” he said. “There’s somebody going at your head every night, so you have to be prepared and focused and ready to go out and play as hard as you can.”
The win against Hendrickson was impressive, preseason or not. The team played without consensus five-star center Will Baker, and another rising star who just announced his intention to transfer to Westlake earlier today.
“I think we’re going to have a really good shot,” McBride said. “Our overall goal is to make the state tournament and win. We just got a transfer over in KJ Adams, so I’m interested to see how that’ll go, but we definitely have some big goals in mind.”