Life is Grand For West End's McQuage
By JACOB VAUGHAN, Sports Editor
Jan 28, 2013, 14:44
HOPEWELL – There haven’t been too many bricks from this Mason.
West End Christian School senior Mason McQuage, whose 28.1 points per game average is among the highest in the state, scored his 1,000th point in a home loss to Kenston Forest on Jan. 3. McQuage joined 2012 graduate Natalie Slayden as the Crusaders’ most recent quadruple-figure scorers.
West End Christian School senior Mason McQuage scored his 1,000th career point on Jan. 3 (photo by David Breidenbach).
“It’s a huge honor to have played at a school that gave me the opportunity to do that,” McQuage said. “I couldn’t have done it without any of the amazing people I’ve played with.”
A four-year varsity contributor, McQuage earned a starting spot midway through his freshman year and never looked back. The 6-foot-2 swingman garnered all-conference recognition in the Virginia Commonwealth Athletic Association as a junior, averaging 26 points and 14 rebounds along the way.
But McQuage’s expertise isn’t limited to the offensive end. Second-year WECS coach Jamar Fleming described McQuage as “an explosive athlete with great instincts on the defensive end.”
“Mason McQuage is just an excellent ball player,” Fleming said. “When he puts his mind to it and makes smart decisions, he can be one of the top five players in this league, hands down.”
McQuage said he hopes to play in college next year.
“I want to go somewhere around here,” McQuage said. “I’d like to stay in Virginia, but anywhere is open.”
He acknowledged that playing for the small private school in the heart of Hopewell lessens his visibility to prospective college suitors, but insists he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I really like the closeness of the school,” McQuage said. “It’s a lot like a family. Everybody is really supportive.”
Fleming, who was a basketball standout at Virginia State University, is convinced McQuage could hold his own at the next level.
“I really think he can play,” Fleming said. “Whether it’s Division II or Division III, someone would love to have Mason McQuage on their team.”