Assigned Reading: Oakland’s Tommy McCune has overcome a lot while showing flashes of great play

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Oakland forward Tommy McCune could have quit on basketball a number of different times over the course of his life, but the former West Virginia transfer has remained tough through all of the battles as he goes into this season with a particularly heavy heart.

In a tremendous read from Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, McCune goes through the relationship he had with his mother, who passed away this offseason after a battle with cancer. McCune dealt with a lot of hardship during his childhood in Saginaw, Michigan and relied a lot on his mother to guide him through the difficult times.

But as Snyder details in the story, McCune is moving on and finding success despite the loss of the person that meant the most to him. Without spoiling too much of the story, I encourage you to give this a read and see how strong McCune is as a person by staying in school and with the Oakland program.

You can read the full story here.