Driving the lane in basketball and navigating those in life require direction, focus and experience. Fortunately, The Zone has Coach Cedrick “Ced” McFadden onboard to help.
Ced knows all too well how to navigate life’s detours. While he’s on the way to playing professional basketball now, it took him a lot to get to this path as the high school he attended, Saint Andrews Episcopal, wasn’t known for sports and didn’t have a basketball player go onto play college basketball. However, with basketball being something that Ced believes is something he’s meant to do, he took the initiative to do so by playing AAU travel basketball, which helped him gain the interest of coaches.
Soon, the head coach of Concordia College (whom Cedrick knew through a hometown friend) contacted him with an offer to play at the school. And as the saying goes, the rest is history.
Although redshirted for his first year and sidelined with a hand injury his second year, Ced made sure he was prepared to start when the opportunity came in his third year.
“Even though I was injured, I was always prepared. That’s what set me apart as a player,” Ced tells The Zone. “You’ve gotta stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.”
Cedrick finished his career at Concordia College eight in scoring, second in assists, and with over 1,000 points (a feat celebrated at The Zone Day as Concordia College). While reflecting on his journey, he says that remembering his purpose for playing basketball helped him overcome adversity and keep him on the path for success.
“You have to have a purpose in doing something,” he says. “I think that if you have a reason for doing something then that helps keep you motivated in overcoming obstacles that you have to face.”
Cedrick is currently preparing to play basketball professionally, a dream for many that’s a short distance from becoming a reality for a guy from Saint Andrews Episcopal, but one that seemed a far reach years ago. However, if you have a goal and keep that in mind, then you can certainly achieve it. As Ced’s story shows, there may not be a clear path to your destination but that shouldn’t stop you from paving one.