United Tribes men’s basketball: How a rigorous summer helped elevate Rob McClain Jr.’s game

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Rob McClain Jr. had a slightly different workout routine this past summer in Red Lake, Minnesota; he put between 40 and 60 hours a week working construction.

“We got a new supermarket being built up there, and I helped lay the groundwork, so I did concrete construction,” McClain Jr. said.

“It was daunting,” McClain Jr. said. “It was a lot of lifting, having to pay close attention to detail.”

Even after a long day on the job, Rob’s work wasn’t done.

“After I was done with working construction, I went straight to the gym,” McClain Jr. said. “That was about three or four hours in the gym, just working on my shot, working on my post game, working just on the little things.

“Working construction for that long takes a toll, but once the season started I had a lot more energy throughout the day.”

And some of that extra energy is being used to do things like this. (loud cheering)  

“Most of those ones are just what comes to mind,” McClain Jr. said. “Sometimes I hear someone in the stands say to do a windmill or side windmill, between the legs. If we’re up by enough I’ll go ahead and try it. I love to put on a show for the fans that come out here and support.”
His head coach doesn’t have a problem with it. There’s just one condition.

Pete Conway, “If you’re going to try something like that, all I say is you better make it, otherwise you’re going to be sitting next to me.”

Thanks to the hard work he’s put in to this point, though, it doesn’t seem like McClain Jr. will be missing the mark anytime soon.

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