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Sean McGonagill



McGonagill has compiled a 3.2 grade point average as an Economics concentrator at Brown…He has worked as a math tutor for a number of other Brown Athletic teams…He came up with a business plan, specifically, a social media marketing plan, for the various businesses on Thayer Street, the main street that runs through the Brown campus, showing the advantages and marketing reach of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram…He has also worked as a Marketing Intern in the Brown Athletics Department, helping to promote Women’s Basketball and Ice Hockey.


McGonagill is the epitome of the team player and his reaction to adversity showed his true character. The box score from Brown’s game vs. Columbia as a freshman will show that McGonagill finished with a 39-point performance against Lions.  But it was the heroic circumstance surrounding his spectacular play against the Lions that showed his character. To understand the enormity of McGonagill’s record-setting 39-point performance, you have to go back 48-hours to Brown’s practice on Wednesday evening prior to the Friday game.  In a chase for a loose ball, McGonagill collided with two teammates and came away with a severely lacerated front lip that required plastic surgery and 20 stitches, along with some major dental work. He sat out practice on Thursday, while recovering from the trauma, and was presented with a protective mask on Friday that wound have to be worn in order to compete. Wearing the clear protective mask for the first time, McGonagill’s response was nothing short of phenomenal, tying the Pizzitola Sports Center scoring record, and Brown freshman scoring record, with 39 points in the Bears’s win over Columbia, while never leaving the court (40 minutes).  McGonagill’s 39-points, the most by an Ivy League player that season, rank 6th all-time at Brown for a single game, and are the most points scored by an Ivy League player in eight years (2003).

Brown head coach Mike Martin on Sean McGonagill’s Character:
“We can always count on Sean to do things the right way, both on and off the court.  He handles success with great modesty and humility while also bouncing back from defeat with great determination.  We want our young players around him as much as possible to see how he carries himself on a daily basis, embracing all that there is available on our campus.  In other words, we hope that our young players are just like Sean - incredibly hard working and competitive on the court yet always willing to support and assist others on campus and in the community.”


Sean is deeply involved in the Providence area community and has worked on a number of projects team-related and outside the realm of the team.  He volunteers at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, an inner city school in Providence, reading to the schoolchildren…He has worked at numerous Rhode Island Special Olympics clinics, giving instruction and encouragement to the Special Olympians…He and his teammates painted several classrooms at the Paul Lauro Elementary School prior to the season…He volunteered for the Bench Press for Cancer to raise funds for Breast Cancer awareness.


His 1,113 career points in three years at Brown are 19th best in Brown history, while his 413 career assists rank third in the Brown record book…  2012-13: A first team All-Ivy selection, McGonagill was the Ivy League’s fourth leading scorer with 14.0 points per game and also ranked fourth in the league in assists… Scored 20 or more points six times, including a season high 24 points in Brown’s win over Princeton that eliminated the Tigers from Ivy title contention…Led the Bears with 61 treys, while his 156 career treys are seventh all-time at Brown…2011-12: led the Ivy League in assists with 5.4 per game, which ranked 34th nationally…Handed out 157 assists to set a new Brown single season record…The Ivy League’s fifth leading scorer, McGonagill averaged 13.5 points per game for the Bears. He scored a season high 30 points against Longwood by connecting on 6 of 10 treys…Scored 28 points in Brown’s win over Columbia, connecting on 8 of 11 field goals, and just missing a triple-double by adding eight rebounds and eight assists…2010-11:  A unanimous selection for the Ivy League Rookie of the Year… A four-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, McGonagill was Brown’s top Ivy League scorer, averaging 14.6 points per game, fourth best in the Ivy League…Ranked third in the league in assists with 5.7 per game and seventh in the Ivies overall in free throw percentage (.819)..Scored in double figures 18 times, including a season high 39 points….Set a Brown