“Oh, baby! This McNamara kid is tough, baby!” G-MAC

t1_mcnamaraluke.jpgThe title is a quote from Dickie V regarding Scranton’s favorite son, Gerry McNamara. Vitale loved his hustle and his grasp of the fundamentals.

Gerry was a big recruit out of Scranton’s Bishop Hannan High School. Gerry could do it all, especially shoot, which he did with great frequency. Gerry won the Lackawanna League Division II Player of the Year for four years in a row. McNamara finished as Pennsylvania’s seventh all-time leading scorer (2917 points). Gerry McNamara scored a career-high 55 points in an 83-76 win over Trinity at Martz Hall in Pottsville. The Golden Lancers (29-3) won their 18th straight and snapped Trinity’s 43-game winning streak in the AA Eastern Final. Gerry scored 32 points in the state final, a 70-68 win against Sto-Rox. McNamara averaged 23.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 3.8 steals per game in 2001-02. He was a team captain for Coach John Bucci as a junior and a senior.

The championships continued the following year as Syracuse won it all and Gerry hit a record 6 3 pointers in the first half. Gerry’s Syracuse team beat Kansas 81-78.

Gerry McNamara is currenlty playing for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA’s developmental league. He is seeing significant playing time at point guard and is hoping that lands him a shot in the NBA. He is currently averaging 13.8 points a game and 6.3 assists.

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