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Brandon McGill starts his pro career with Surrey United

McGill generated some buzz playing at UEL as well as for NASSA in the NBL Division 4 and was called up to represent England in the UK university championships. Team England competed against Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and won the gold medal.

This showing led to an opportunity to play summer league for the London Lions, where McGill was again part of the championship winning team. Later in the summer McGill found himself at a tryout for Surrey United, but nothing came of it as the coach said they already have too many guards.

Going into 2013-14 season McGill played again for NASSA except this time for their Division 2 side and they started the season 8-0.

“Prior to the game vs Reading Rockets who were the defending champs and also undefeated I realized there was a lot of hype surrounding the game and I knew this would be a defining moment if I seized the opportunity”.

With 12 seconds on the clock McGill dribbled at the top of the key before driving right and making a pass hoping to get it right back to take the final shot. McGill received the pass back and took a shot at the elbow with 2 seconds on the clock and hit nothing but net. There was still 1 second remaining and McGill blocked a desperation half court heave to secure the win.

“After the game I saw everyone on social media talking about the game and saw a couple articles, so I just sent one of the links to the Surrey United coach on messenger at like 2am then went to sleep hoping this would give me a second chance. When I woke up he responded ‘come to training tomorrow morning’ and 48 hours later I received my first professional contract”.

McGill went on to finish the season as the 6th leading scorer in the BBL and this ultimately led to contracts in St. Louis, Australia and Germany, where his career finished with WWU Baskets.

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