McMahon out to prove he’s more than just a dynamic dunker

March 1, 2021

Patrick McMahon

For the last few years, Colony basketball star Patrick McMahon has been the undisputed high school dunk champion of Alaska.

The 6-foot-6 rim rocker is a highlight waiting to happen. And not once in a while either; dude hammers home three or four dunks every game.

McMahon has more jams than Motown.

Catching alley-oops and catching bodies has been his specialty as he’s turned dozens of defenders into posters.

“My favorite dunk in game is any dunk that is being contested somewhat or just any dunk on someone,” he said. “Getting dunked on is pretty demoralizing.”

McMahon’s dream dunk is going between the legs after takeoff and then bringing it back over the top. It’s called the ‘East Bay Funk Dunk’ and was made famous by high flyers like Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter.

“I’ve done it before but never in a game,” he said.

Another fav is the windmill. “Still trying to get it down consistently.”

McMahon attacks the rim like he’s trying to break something. Or prove something.

He plays with a chip on his shoulder as he tries to break the mold for Alaska players while also trying to prove he’s more than just a dynamic dunker.

The senior swingman has a nice touch around the basket. He wants to play defense. He moves well without the ball and can shoot the 3.

“I’d rather be many things than just a good dunker,” he said.

Last season, McMahon surpassed the 1,000-point career benchmark and was named Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A Player of the Year.

This season he’s already bagged a 35-point game for the 7-0 Knights as he emerges as the state’s No. 1-ranked player for the Class of 2021.

No way a guy who only dunks could do all that. He’s a great player who dunks – not a great player because he dunks.

That’s only part of the package he brings to the court.

“It does bother me when people say that because I feel like sometimes my other qualities get overlooked,” McMahon said.

Montana State University noticed him and offered a scholarship to McMahon, who eagerly signed up to play in the Big Sky Conference.

“Playing D1 is something every hooper wants to do, so this is a huge accomplishment for me and I am very grateful,” he said.

Off the court, Montana State checked all the boxes – respectful coaches, business program, family close to the Bozeman campus.

“I have plenty of family in Montana and I go down and visit all the time, so I already have a good feel for Montana and I think it’s a great place,” McMahon said. “The coaches seem like they’re great at what they do and have always been super respectful towards me.”

Before signing with Montana State, McMahon had talked with coaches at North Dakota, Colgate, Idaho State and DePaul in addition to a few other smaller schools.

“I didn’t really have any other offers,” he said.

McMahon is believed to be the fourth Alaskan to play hoops at Montana State, joining Homer’s Scott Harry (1995-98), Chugiak’s Jason Erickson (2000-04) and Dimond’s Luke Adams (2013-15).

McMahon is ready to take that next step – and reap all the rewards.

“I look forward to all the free access to things like weights, gym, food, etc.,” he said.