Sitting on the bench at any given basketball game, former Webster Groves student Gus McLean will surely be seen supporting the team.
“McLean was not ever actually on a team, but always followed and been close to both Coach Blossom and Coach Ice.” Said activities director Jerry Collins, McLean graduated class of 2005.
Over the years the senior members of the team started taking responsibly of who would pick him up and take him out afterwards. Seniors Alex Floresca and Sam Craig are in charge of picking him up.
Floresca, who’s on the Varsity basketball team as a forward says that he volunteered to give McLean rides to the games, “I started my junior year.”
When asked why he volunteered Floresca said because McLean is a cool guy, “I wanted to get to know him better. He’s a big part of the team.”
McLean has really become part of the program overall.
Coach Jay Blossom said McLean has missed very few games over a 10 year period. Blossom added that he is certain that McLean hasn’t missed a home game.” He rides the bus with us to away games and they pick him up for home games.”
Blossom added Gus has been around so long that those few games that Gus doesn’t attend it feels like something is missing.
“He’ll tell you about every game that he loves you,” Blossom said about the atmosphere when McLean is around. He said McLean has a heart of gold.