Eric Day is the 23rd McMahon basketball player to be selected to first team All-FCIAC and the first ever, “Primetime Athlete of the Winter.” Day averaged 22 points and had a breakout game in which he scored the third most points in school history, 41.
Projected by Dave Ruden, a high school analyst of therudenreport.com, to be an honorable mention, Eric Day was not expected to make 1st team or 2nd team for All-FCIAC Honors.
Eric was not only selected to All-Fciac first team, he was also selected for the all defensive team where he averaged 2.4 steals per game according to hudl.com.
Eric used that as motivation by uploading the list to instagram and in emojis explained that he was slept on, he also had the list as his phone's screensaver so he could always look at it for motivation.
Even though being selected to an All FCIAC team is a mission that you win by yourself, Day owed his success and motivation to his teammates and coaches. “My inspiration this season was my teammates inspiring me to push myself, my teammates, and my coaches, put me in this situation to win this honor.”
McMahon basketball captain Aaron Mckeithan ‘17 described Eric as a guy you just want to see succeed. “Ej was a teammate that constantly hustled for every bucket he got, and he was someone you could get excited for when he did something good, seeing him struggle was something I did not like to see, that's why I went up to him to console him when he was on his knees after losing the state game.”
Having the pleasure of coaching Eric for 4 years, Coach Dustin described him as a player as dynamic.
Coach Dustin commented, “He enjoys playing both sides of the ball. He is a complete player and balls with the best of them. Having your hardest worker be your best player does a lot for the program.”
Defense was always his specialty. Known as an elite defender, Eric admitted he needed to step up on the offensive side. He described his mission for the season was to be a scorer, get his teammates involved while defending opposing team's best player while trying to be the best player on the court.
To summarize his season Eric explained “It means alot to win this honor because I wanted it since my freshman year, I always wanted to win something, even if it wasn’t a state championship I wanted to have the honor of 1st team or 2nd team.”