Senior Spotlight: Matthew McKinney

In an effort to make this year special for Oak Hall’s senior athletes, we created A-Z questions for them to answer. We hope you enjoy!

Matthew McKinney is a member of Oak Hall’s varsity basketball team!

By Shailey Klein

A – Advice you would give your freshman-self? Move to Gainesville earlier.
B – Best pre-game meal? Chick-fil-A.
C – Coach Towe’s best words of advice? Heart over height. Always be the bigger man.
D – Dessert? Brownies.
E – Entertaining practice? When we do the one-on-one drill.
F – Favorite high school basketball moment? Winning the conference basketball championship sophomore year.
G – Goals for your senior season? Hopefully get the MVP of the team and Gainesville Sun First Team All-Area.
H – Happiest day of your life? Winning that conference championship was one of the happiest days of my life.
I – Interesting thing about you away from basketball? I love going to the beach. I love playing golf. Golf is my secondary sport.
J – Joker on the team? We joke with all the freshmen: my brother, all of them.
K – Keys to balancing school and sports workload? Don’t procrastinate at all.
L – Least favorite part of practice? When we have to run. It’s the worst.
M – Music you listen to? All sorts of music: pop, rock, hip hop, everything.
N – Netflix or Hulu? Netflix
O – Other sports? Golf, baseball, football.
P – Preparation for a big game includes? Treat it like every other game. Treat it like a normal game.
Q – Question you would ask your future self? How have I changed?
R – Relaxing part of your day? When I get home from school and realize I have no homework or anything else to do.
S – Superstitions? Pregame handshake with all my teammates.
T – TV show? Stranger Things.
U – Underrated pet? Shark.
V – Vacation spot? Rosemary Beach 30A.
W – What does it mean to you to be an Eagle? Play with a lot of heart every game, every practice, every day.
X – X-rays? None.
Y – Your impact on younger players on the team? Try to be a leader every day. Set an example.
Z – Zoo animal? Zebra