Maddy McVicar has the ability to dictate the tempo and flow of a basketball game from the point guard position.
Her physical skills and the intangibles she has demonstrated on the court for Calais High School have earned her a scholarship at the University of Maine.
McVicar, a two-time Bangor Daily News All-Maine second-team selection, confirmed Friday she has verbally committed to attend UMaine and play for coach Richard Barron beginning in 2015.
“It was back in April, before I was supposed to go away on vacation,” McVicar said.
“We didn’t really tell a lot of people, we just kind of let it do its thing,” McVicar said of the delay in the news becoming public.
McVicar’s father, Bill McVicar, said UMaine coaches have been in contact with his daughter for approximately a year and a half. Initially, Maddy was prepared to walk on as a non-scholarship player but was thrilled to receive a scholarship.
“I really wanted to go to Maine because I’ve been going to camps there for a while and I really like the coaching staff and it’s a good school and close to home,” Maddy McVicar said.
The 17-year-old was recruited by Black Bears assistant coach Amy Vachon. McVicar’s sister Alexandria graduated from UMaine earlier this year.
Maddy McVicar, a creative 5-foot-4 guard, helped propel Calais to the Class C state championship last season. She scored 45 points in three Eastern Maine tournament games and was chosen the BDN’s Owen O. Osborne MVP for the second straight year.
McVicar averaged 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals as a junior last winter for coach Dana Redding.
“She’s the first one in the gym and the last one to leave. She is always working on her game,” Redding told the BDN in April. “She can hit the 3-(pointer) and has as good a crossover move as I’ve seen. She understands the game and she’s a team player.”
Barring any unexpected departures or changes to the UMaine roster, McVicar will be the only player in UMaine’s 2015 recruiting class. Courtney Anderson of Greene is the only senior on next season’s squad.
Barron is prohibited by NCAA rules from discussing a potential student-athlete until UMaine has received a signed National Letter of Intent. The signing period begins in November.
McVicar will become one of three players with Maine ties on the 2015-16 squad, joining former Van Buren star Parise Rossignol and former Stearns High of Millinocket exchange student Sigi Koizar.
McVicar is the first Calais High product to play Division I women’s basketball since Holli Tapley played at Fairfield from 1999-2001.
McVicar recently completed her AAU basketball season with Black Bear North out of Greater Bangor and is competing for the Calais High team in summer league play. She also plans to play soccer and softball during her senior year and is intent on improving her strength by hitting the weight room.
“Obviously I need to get stronger. This whole year, that’s what I’ve been working on,” McVicar said. “And I need to develop a couple new moves, because it’s going to be a lot more fast-paced and there’s so much more talent.”
In the meantime, McVicar is gearing up to work a production job in August during the Down East blueberry season.
McVicar’s participation at UMaine is contingent upon her acceptance by the school and compliance with NCAA eligibility guidelines.