The New Orleans Advocate Star of Stars 2016: Kristian Fulton and Kristen Nuss _lowres

Herb McGee, Riverside basketball and football player

McGee is a receiver on the football team at Riverside, but he also plays basketball and runs track. He has football scholarship offers from LSU, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Utah, Cincinnati, McNeese State, Tulane, Southeastern Louisiana, Louisiana Tech and Nicholls State. His basketball offers include South Alabama, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, UTEP and Richmond.

Have you decided which sport you’re going to play in college or are you considering doing both.

I haven’t decided yet.

How tough is it doing football and basketball?

In high school, it’s not. I don’t know how it is on the next level. A lot of people say it’s hard. Everybody says the same thing, so I guess it is hard. But everybody’s different, so I might think it’s easy. In high school, it wears your body down a little bit, so you have to be mentally strong. You have to make sure you work hard and practice. If you work hard in practice, it makes easier when you go out there and compete.

Which sport do you like the most?

I like them both the same.

What gives you the biggest thrill: Scoring a touchdown, making a 3-pointer or getting a dunk?

Going in for a dunk in a close game is big. Scoring a touchdown in a big game is big.

You’ve had to fill in at quarterback this season. What’s that been like?

I wouldn’t say it was tough, but the first week was a challenge for me. But as I kept practicing, it got easier and the game slowed down for me.

What do you think about that tough nondistrict schedule you all are playing this season. (Riverside lost to 5A John Ehret 29-28 in opener, beat 3A Parkview Baptist 27-19 and will play 5A Hahnville on Friday).

I like it. I wish we had a schedule like this the whole time. I think we can play with anybody actually. I wish we had a chance to play John Curtis. You know everybody wants to play Curtis. They are considered the best. I wish there wasn’t a district schedule and you could just play the 10 teams you wanted to play.

Why do you wear No. 1?

In basketball, it was because I like Derek Rose. I think my game is kind of like his. We are both explosive and get to the goal and able to shoot 3’s. It just translated to football. Then Cam Newton was my favorite player.

What are you going to remember the most about your Riverside career?

I will remember all the relationships and how they grew and developed. Just growing up and becoming a young man who is going into the real world.

It went by fast. It seems like just yesterday I was just in the eighth grade playing with Ricardo (Gathers) and those guys.

Rod Walker