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KERSHAW – When Andrew Jackson High School boys basketball coach Danny Wright summons a McIsaac, he has plenty to choose from this season.
The Volunteers’ squad sports a unique family trey – the McIsaac brothers, senior twins Cameron and Tanner along with sophomore Austin.
The McIsaac trio has played together in the past going back to church youth basketball when their father, Wesley McIsaac, coached them, but the 2013-14 season is the first time all three has played together on a school team.
Cameron, a senior guard, is in his third year on the varsity, while this is the first year on the varsity for Tanner and Austin.
A year ago, Tanner played church basketball after spending his sophomore season on the AJ junior varsity basketball team.
Austin is on the varsity after playing with the jayvee squad last season.
Each brother sees a plus in having sibling teammates.
“I think there’s a lot of chemistry,” said Cameron. “It’s a good feeling of having all three together on the team.
“If I get frustrated or down, they give me motivation and help me stay focused.”
Austin McIsaac, a guard, said his brothers have made his transition easier to the varsity as a first-year player.
“I’m nervous being a first-year player, but it helps calm me down,” Austin said. “I feel lucky since we’ve played together going back to church basketball. We know each others strengths and weaknesses and I can carry through what I’ve learned from them.”
Tanner noted it’s fun having his brothers as teammates.
“We all three work together well because we know each others playing styles,” Tanner said. “We’ve been playing since church basketball and we know how each other plays. We all have different playing styles, but we work well together.”
It hasn’t been all fun for Tanner since he’s missed nearly a month with an eye injury.
The freak injury came in practice when Tanner took a thumb in the eye from Austin when they were playing defense.
“It’s unfortunate for him since this is Tanner’s first year,” Austin said. “He still can come to the game and watch and tell you what you’re doing wrong.”
Wright said he appreciates what each brother brings to the Vols.
“It’s a blessing to have all three,” Wright said. “You wish you could take that pride they have and put it in every player. They all give 100 percent.
“They come early to practice to get better,” Wright said. “They stay late to keep working. A lot of times you have to run them out of the gym.”
Wright added each brother has a key attribute.
“Cameron provides leadership, hustle and is a good shooter,” Wright said. “He is the nucleus.”
Wright noted Cameron is averaging 11 points and four rebounds a game and has taken 12 charges.
“Austin is a point guard and he understands the game,” Wright said. “He brings a lot of energy and is always trying to get better.”
Wright added Tanner is a “valuable utility man.”
“He gives you what you need,” Wright said. “If we need a rebound, steal or stop, he can provide it. Tanner is not a big talker, and he leads by example.”
All three combine to boost the Vols.
“Our record doesn’t show it, but it’s been a good year,” Wright said. “The three brothers bring us all together to make us all brothers.”