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Getting to know - Ronnie McFann

Ronnie McFann, East.
Ronnie McFann, East. The Wichita Eagle

Ronnie McFann

East basketball

McFann is the grandson of former Wichita State great Ernie Moore. McFann has earned a starting spot as a senior thanks to his length and athleticism. The 6-foot-4 athlete also earned a spot on the Eagle's All-Metro football team, gaining 602 receiving yards on 32 receptions.

How fun was it being able to transfer some of that success East has had in basketball over to football?

"It was pretty cool. We knew we were going to have a good season because of how much we came out in the summer and worked out. Coach (Brian Byers) said we were going to pass the ball more, which we hadn't done in the past six years. That's why we had some success this year in football."

What are you expecting this year basketball-wise?

"This is a state-caliber team. I expect us to go to state this year and compete with Heights. We've got three returning starters from last season that did most of our scoring. Plus, we have two dudes coming into the program that can be quality scorers and rebounders."

What's it going to be like getting that chance to be in the starting lineup this year? What do you plan on getting out of it?

"Being in the starting lineup is cool. I want to make it into a learning experience. I want to be able to score 10 points a game and get about 15 rebounds. I didn't do that last year off of the bench."

What do you think your best quality is as a player?

"My best quality is dunking and blocking shots. It's what I do the best. I've been dunking since the eighth grade. I have a 34-inch vertical. I dunk on people. If anybody gets under the rim, I'm going to dunk on you."

Who was it that helped you develop your game?

"My grandpa. He played for WSU, a hall of famer, he helps me with everything I do. We had a good relationship. He started working with me when I was in like the fifth grade. That's when I really started to love the game of basketball. We would play one-on-one and do drills. He never took it easy on me."