WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEORIA, Ill. - Shea Feehan knows high school basketball in Peoria is about as competitive as it gets.
"Peoria Central, Richwoods, Manual, lots of big guys and athlete and play with them. It's not always out-jumping them or out-strenghtening them, its more of getting around them," said Feehan. "Be quick, be smart with the body and a lot of body control."
The Notre Dame guard scored 35 points against manual Friday And followed that up with a 28-point scoring night against Nazareth.
"Shea is a special talent, kids like him, players like him come around not very often," said Irish coach Tom Lacher.
And to compete, Feehan had to pack on the pounds to play. He's added some significant muscle while at Notre Dame.
"Shea came into the program, he was a small kid," said Lacher. " We knew, and he knew, to his benefit that he needed to get stronger, put on muscle weight. He's done that."
He's changed his body
"I weighed probably about 125 (pounds) freshman year, sophomore year about the same, (then) put on about 30-40 pounds coming into senior year," sais Feehan.
Now the skinny shooter has become a solid scorer. And he's becoming one of the area's best all-around players.
"Look at me, they say he can just shoot. He's just a shooter. I try to think I'm a scorer," said Feehan. " I try to get in the lane first. I hate when my first shot is a three actually. Try to get in close, to the line, to the cup. That's huge for me."
And a huge threat for the Irish.