Four McGlynn mastering the transition to Rhode Island

URI Men's Basketball vs Holy Cross, Ryan Center, Dec 2. © Mike Scott 2015.
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When his collegiate career concludes at the end of this season Four McGlynn would like to take his game overseas. Ideally, he would play for a few years, return stateside and remain connected to the game in a coaching capacity.

Young players McGlynn might mentor along the way would be wise to lend an ear when it comes to his on- and off-the-court experiences. After all, the Rhode Island guard is excelling in both areas as his team’s leading scorer while pursuing a master’s degree in labor relations and human resources.

Rhode Island is also McGlynn’s third college. He transferred from Towson last summer as a graduate student and since found the overall setting a URI much to his liking, including his new teammates.

“It’s been great so far,” he said. “It is a beautiful place to be and a really good school to attend. Everybody on the team has been really accepting and the fans at the Ryan Center have been great. It is a nice family atmosphere and we hang out with each other all the time.”

Patrick McGlynn IV, who said he has been known as “Four” since he can remember, has enjoyed much successful in the classroom. During his final year of undergrad studies at Towson he earned Colonial Athletic Association academic honors and he takes much pride in pursuing a master’s.

“It’s a milestone for me,” he said, in reference of being in a master’s program. “Getting a master’s is probably the biggest achievement that I could have and it is really an honor to have that opportunity. I am really fortunate to be where I am.”

Tracking where he has been since graduating Dallastown (Pa.) High as the school’s all-time leading scorer might require GPS mapping software.

McGlynn started his college career at Vermont where in 2011-12 he earned America East rookie of the year honors after leading the Catamounts in scoring (12.0) and three pointers (68) while pacing all Division I freshmen in free throw percentage at 88.9. Such production is all the more impressive when considering he did not start a single game.

The most memorable part of that season, however, was at the end. McGlynn helped lead Vermont to a conference title and an opening-round victory over Lamar in the NCAA tournament before losing to North Carolina.

With both starting guards returning for 2012-13 McGlynn opted to transfer to Towson, much closer to his family’s York, Pa. home. After sitting out a year in compliance with NCAA transfer rules he started 45 of 68 games over two seasons with the Tigers and averaged 10.5 points.

Wanting to finish his career playing at a higher level McGlynn transferred to Rhode Island of the Atlantic-10 Conference. Because he was a graduate student he was immediately eligible to play and was averaging a team-best 12.1 points through 19 games.

It is such production he hopes contributes to another NCAA appearance. Four years after playing in the tourney he yearns to return to the dance and feels that the Rams, 11-8 overall and 3-3 in the A10 heading into Wednesday’s game against visiting Fordham on ASN, have what it takes to get there for the first time since 1999.

“I think it made me real hungry,” he said of the tourney experience with Vermont. “We fell short (of making it) the last two years at Towson. Here, I think we are really talented and we can be really successful. We have a group of guys that buy into the system, buy into what coach (Dan Hurley) is telling us. It would great going away in my fifth year to experience both a master’s degree and an NCAA tournament.”

Regardless of how the season unwinds, McGlynn, who enjoys reading books that pertain to team success such as Pat Riley’s The Winner Within, will continue to have the support of his family. Such support is not lacking in numbers what with him being the oldest of six siblings that range in age from 10 to 23.

“It is pretty cool being the oldest,” he said. “They are pretty independent and they are all good at basketball, soccer, swimming, whatever it is they want to do. They kind of do their own thing and they are all successful.”

Much like their older brother.

Above: Rhode Island’s Four McGlynn is hoping to bring to the Rams the excitement of an NCAA Tournament bid, much like he experienced as an undergrad at Vermont. (Courtesy Michael Scott)
Tom Layberger

Tom Layberger

Tom Layberger is a freelance writer based in Glen Mills, Pa.