WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - When UNCW basketball coach C.B. McGrath watched Ty Gadsden play at Vincennes University, McGrath said he knew Gadsden had the talent to play for the Seahawks.
“When I recruited (Gadsden), I knew that he could handle the ball,” McGrath said. “I knew he could run the point. I knew he could make shots. I knew he could defend. Wherever that put him on the court, I didn’t know.”
The first six games of the season, the sophomore guard from Charlotte came off the bench for UNCW, which hosts East Carolina on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
On Sunday against Eastern Illinois, McGrath inserted Gadsden into the starting lineup, and Gadsden responded by scoring a team-high 19 points in an 82-65 victory.
“My confidence is at an all-time high right now,” said Gadsden. “He put me in the starting lineup so that kind of raised it, but for me, it’s never been about starting. It’s about finding my role in the team and doing what I have to do to help UNCW win.”
“I trust that he is going to do the right thing,” McGrath added. “I trust that he’ll do what is best for UNCW, try to do best for his teammates and that is what is most important for me.”