Former Lincoln cager closes out career with the Warriors

McFerran’s scholarship was school’s first
By: Levi Thomas Courtesy/Lincoln High Zebra Tales
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A Lincoln High alumnus (class of 2004) played two of the biggest basketball games of his young life when he closed out his career at William Jessup University this past week. Lincoln’s Kyle McFerran holds a special place in William Jessup’s history as he was the first to receive a basketball scholarship from that school when it first opened in Rocklin. Kyle’s mother, Cheryl McFerran said, “Kyle is the oldest of seven McFerrans, all have attended or are attending (Lincoln High).” After graduation, the former Fighting Zebra received a 50-percent scholarship for basketball, which is the largest scholarship offered by William Jessup. During his senior season at Lincoln High, McFerran helped lead the Zebras basketball team into the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. He also had quite a bit of success in his collegiate senior season as well helping to lead William Jessup into the California Pacific Conference playoffs. William Jessup had their first game on Feb. 22, and came out on top against Pacific Union College. The Warriors defeated the PUC Pioneers 73-68. Cheryl McFerran said, “I am very proud of him; he and his wife took a six month sabbatical to travel through Europe but he came back to William Jessup to finish his senior year.” Kyle McFerran and the Warriors played their next game in the semifinals against Holy Names University, Feb. 25. Despite a valiant effort by William Jessup, they were bested by the Hawks by a final score of 71-62. Kyle McFerran said about the season, “Although I’m disappointed with how the season ended, I am very proud of the guys on the team and how hard they fought this year.” As for life after this season, McFerran plans on furthering his education. “He wants to eventually attend UC Irvine to get a master’s in international business,” said his mother. Kyle McFerran has also been considered going into the professional European Basketball League as well. About the prospect of European basketball McFerran said “… while nothing is guaranteed at all, I would love to play for a few years overseas. I am going to begin training and playing in the pro-am league over the summer hopefully, and then try to make the transition overseas next fall.” No matter what Kyle McFerran chooses to do, it just goes to show that Lincoln High students are going on to do some great things. Levi Thomas is a Lincoln High student writing for the school newspaper Zebra Tales