Mike McCahey (left) and Pat McGuinness have been natural rivals, playing for opposing schools in Rockland County during the high school season. They have also been teammates in the spring and summer playing AAU ball for the New York Falcons.
McCahey and McGuinness will be familiar with each other this season but also for the next four. They have both committed to play college ball at schools in the same conference.
McCahey, a Clarkstown South senior swingman, has committed to Saint Anselm, a Division II program in New Hampshire. McGuinness, an Albertus Magnus senior point guard, picked Le Moyne, a D-II program in Syracuse.
McCahey, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward, averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds as a junior. He led South to a first-round upset of Horace Greeley in the first round of the Class AA playoffs. McCahey will enter his senior season just 46 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
McCahey was named all-section and second-team all-county by The Journal News.
“We are very happy for Mike. The coaching staff (at Saint Anselm) thinks he will fit their open motion offense very well and that if he continues to work, could play right away,” South coach Matt Backs said. “Mike has paid his dues and this opportunity is well deserved.”
Saint Anselm finished 2010-11 with a 19-9 record, including a 14-8 mark in the Northeast-10 conference.
McGuinness (right), a 5-foot-10 point guard, guided Albertus Magnus to the Class B championship last March. It was the Falcons’ first Section 1 title in 17 years.
In the process, McGuinness averaged 17.4 points, 6 reboounds and 5 assists per game. He was named all-section and first-team all-county by The Journal News.
Le Moyne finished 2010-11 with a 12-15 record, including a 10-12 mark in the Northeast-10 conference.