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Meet the Mentor: Lucas McAdams


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Your city: I just moved to Oakland, CA from Portland, OR. ESM’s CEO, Billy Downing, somehow convinced me to leave the city I was raised in (and still love) - but I’m glad he did. I’m excited to be here!

Your favorite thing about the Bay Area so far: The view. I had no idea this place was so beautiful.

One thing you wish you could take with you from Portland: Wow, that’s hard. One thing? With apologies to my family, my friends, the rain, craft beer, Taste Ticker sandwiches, and intelligent urban planning, I have to go with Portland Timbers games. As a soccer fan in the US, there’s really nothing comparable. Wait, maybe that’s a little selfish - should I go with the rain? Or would people down here actually hate me for that? Ah, this is too hard!

Degrees earned, colleges attended: In 2011 I graduated from the University of Oregon (quack quack) with a major in Political Science and minors in Business and Computer Science.

Why you’ve decided to work for ESM: Though my degree choices in college wouldn’t have told you this, working with students has always been my passion. I love coaching, mentoring, and teaching, and ESM is a great combination of all of those things.

The subjects you specialize in: SAT/ACT, math, English, and astronomy. True, I have never tutored anyone in astronomy (aside from my girlfriend as she struggled through ASTR 123 in college, a story she still hates when I bring up), but when the opportunity arises, I’ll be ready!

Trailblazers prediction for 2014/15: Regular season W-L: 59-23. Third seed in the West. Will beat the Grizzlies in the first round and the Clippers in the conference semi-finals. Will lose in seven games to the Spurs in the conference finals. Lamarcus Aldridge will finish 2nd in MVP voting; Damian Lillard will finish 5th. Nic Batum will average 15.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 6.1 assists… should I continue?

Dish you cook to impress your girlfriend: I’m just an awful cook - my girlfriend does nearly all of the cooking for us. I’m a darn good dishwasher, though! If I had to make something to impress her (though the simple fact of me making her something would probably do the trick), it would include a BBQ and some red meat. Pretty impressive, right?

How a scout would describe your basketball game: McAdams’ best attributes are the intangibles: communication, leadership, etc. At 5'11", he’s often undersized, but rarely backs down to a difficult match-up. A too-streaky but still dangerous shooter, and more oddly, a streaky passer; a spectacular bounce-pass assist will sometimes be directly followed by an ill-advised turnover. More than anything, he’s a competitor, and will hopefully make a much better coach than player someday.

Can you vote in UK elections?: I need to look into that. My father was born in Oxford, and by a miracle stroke that entitles me to a UK passport; I just received my first earlier this year. I haven’t made it across the pond yet, but when I do, voting is one of the first things I’ll look into. Why not? I always have loved politicians who aren’t afraid to scream at each other.