Actually, more than a little.
“They will be this close (to getting into it),” Warriors coach Chris Madson says, holding his fingers an inch apart. “Then, the second they’re off the court, it’s back to normal. I call them brothers, but there’s days …”
That’s because 6-foot-4 guard Gavin Markgraff is McHenry’s best player and scorer, and wants to score on anyone. And 6-2 guard Maki Mohr is the consummate defender, embracing the challenge of checking the best player every day. On non-game days, that player is Markgraff.
“Maki hates to be on Gavin’s team in practice,” Madson said. “If he and Gavin are opposite, no one else is allowed to guard Gavin. If there’s a screen, he’ll be like, ‘Don’t switch.’ He’s that narrow-minded.”
Madson appreciates the competitiveness between two-thirds of his backcourt. He feels it has helped mold them into the players they are. Markgraff, Mohr and point guard Gio Calabrese, who have played prominent roles since they were sophomores, are the major reasons most of the Fox Valley Conference coaches consider the Warriors as the team to beat this season.
McHenry welcomes that kind of attention.