Oct. 14, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Bill Morrison
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF's all-time leader in rebounds and blocks, Keith Clanton has graduated and moved on, leaving a void that will no doubt need to be filled by several players this season. Eugene McCrory is a self-described hard worker with a desire to win. The junior transfer is no stranger to big games and pressure and may prove to be a key asset up front for the Knights this season.
McCrory, a 6-foot-8 forward from the College of Central Florida in Ocala, brings a winning mentality and big-game experience that could be crucial to the Knights as they move forward without Clanton.
"I'm not here to try and be somebody that I'm not," McCrory said when asked about filling Clanton's shoes. "I'm just going to play my game."
McCrory led the College of Central Florida to the 2012-13 NJCAA national title, starting 34 of 36 games, shooting 69.6 percent from the field. He scored 23 points with nine rebounds in the national title game win over Northwest Florida State.
"That was one of the best things I could go through," he said. "Going up to Kansas and having so many people come out just to see us play was a great experience."
The Knights will face premier opponents this season in the American Athletic Conference. The hard-work mentality is already apparent with McCrory, who says he is working on his entire game leading up to the season with an emphasis on conditioning and defense.