In NIT final, fathers, sons and ‘a fairy-tale story’

February 11, 2017 Atlanta – Georgia Tech’s guard Josh Heath (11) gets a hug from his father Stan Heath, Boston College’s assistant coach, after Georgia Tech defeated the Boston College at McCamish Pavilion on Saturday, February 11, 2017. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Kellen McCormick’s basketball career will end Thursday night at Madison Square Garden when Georgia Tech plays TCU for the NIT championship. It could scarcely conclude in a better place.

“It’s just kind of cool knowing that I’m going to end my career in the Garden, and my dad ended his in the Garden, too,” said McCormick, a Georgia Tech forward.

In 1984, McCormick’s father Tim led Michigan to the NIT championship, earning MVP honors for his 28-point, 14-rebound performance against Notre Dame. He went on to a 10-year NBA career, including one season with the Hawks. He now works for ESPN as a college basketball analyst and is a senior director for player programs the NBA players union.

His father happened to have meetings in New York this week, so he was at Tuesday’s semifinal win over Cal State Bakersfield with wife Michelle and other family. They’ll be there Thursday, as well.

“It’s kind of funny how things work out,” Kellen said.

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