When 2011 Buckhannon-Upshur grad Tanner McGrew left B-U for college, he rode a trombone scholarship to the music program at West Virginia Wesleyan.
Fast forward to 2019, McGrew is suiting up for the Utah Jazz in the 2019 NBA Summer League in Salt Lake City. He scored 12 points with 4 rebounds and 4 assists on Tuesday night in Utah's win against the Cavaliers.
It is safe to say a lot has happened for McGrew since he left Buckhannon.
After his freshman year at WVWC, McGrew was offered to be a walk-on for the Bobcats by then head coach Patrick Beilein. There was no guarantee of playing time. But McGrew took his opportunity on the hardwood and ran.
McGrew's statistics improved every year as a man on a mission in the paint for the Bobcats. By the time he was a senior, he averaged 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds which led Division II basketball.
After Wesleyan, McGrew played professionally overseas in places such as Australia and France. He began the 2018-19 season with the G League's Memphis Hustle and was teammates with former WVU point guard Jevon Carter. He was traded in January to Utah's G League team, the SLC Stars. There he averaged 10.9 points and 5.9 rebounds.
McGrew has a chance to make an impression on NBA coaches and scouts as the Summer League rolls on in Utah. But no matter what happens next for McGrew, the road to this point has definitely been a tune worth playing.