Evan McGaughey, an Illini West graduate and three-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference basketball star at Quincy University, announced this week that he is retiring from professional basketball. Photo submitted
CINCINNATI — Evan McGaughey’s passport reveals quite a story.
In the five years since graduating from Quincy University, the Carthage native’s 4.5 x 3.5 inch booklet has been stamped enough times to allow him entry into 15 countries on two continents. different as he pursued a professional basketball career.
“I got to see a lot of really cool things that someone from a small town like Carthage would never really dream of,” McGaughey said.
In fact, he filled out a passport entirely.
“Before this last season, I had to get a new passport because it had too many stamps in it,” McGaughey said. “I’ll hang on to it and remember it probably in 20 or 30 years.”
For now, he will start a new chapter that will keep him at home.
The former Quincy University star announced this week that he was retiring after playing five seasons overseas, a journey that took him to Europe and South America and culminated in a league championship and a lifetime of memories.
“I always felt like I had a lot in the tank to go on,” said McGaughey, 6-foot-9. “I felt like I could have lasted another three to five years. At the same time, I’m quitting and my body feels good. I’m healthy. I haven’t had any major injuries that bother me. slow down later in life.
“I always like to look at the positives. So looking at that part, that’s one of the best parts of it.
Nothing will be better than spending more time with his wife and family.
McGaughey and his wife, Kara, will celebrate their second anniversary later this summer. They met in college – Kara Gerbus was a star on the QU women’s basketball team – and settled in Cincinnati, where she works as a NICU nurse.
“When I started playing, she said, ‘Why don’t you play five and see what happens with that,'” McGaughey said. end.”
He knows how special those five seasons were.
“Just seeing the world while playing a sport and getting paid for it is awesome,” McGaughey said. “Not many people can say they did that. It’s pretty cool.”
McGaughey, who stood out during prep at Illini West, became a three-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection at QU and ranks fourth in career (1,574 points) and seventh in career rebounding (831 boards). He led the Hawks to a 25-7 season and an NCAA Tournament berth as a senior in the 2016-17 season.
He traveled to Germany the following year to start playing professionally. McGaughey has played for teams in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Chile and Sweden. In his final season with the Koping Stars in Sweden, the 28-year-old McGaughey averaged 9.3 points and 8.7 rebounds.
While playing basketball made him earn a living, the memories come from the other experiences.
“Meeting a lot of great people in every country and seeing how they live, what they do that’s different from us, how they think of us is really a big part of that,” McGaughey said. “Learning and experiencing everything every season is what I will never really forget.”
Neither did his family.
“I took my family to Europe,” McGaughey said. “They’ve been through a lot too.”
So his parents’ passports also contain a story.
“I don’t think my dad had a passport until then,” McGaughey said. “I think he got it when I signed to go overseas.”
Family reunions also become much easier now. McGaughey has already planned to be in Hancock County in the fall for deer hunting season, and he will continue to pick up a basketball, although a smaller ball may become his game of choice.
“I’m probably going to play a lot more golf now,” he laughs.
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