January 18, 1962 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
(Bennettsville, South Carolina)
|College||NC State (1981–1985)|
|NBA draft||1985 / Round: 4 / Pick: 91st overall|
|Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks|
|1986||Kansas City Sizzlers|
|1986–1987||La Crosse Catbirds|
|1987||La Crosse Catbirds|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
As a sophomore, McQueen took part in North Carolina State's 1983 NCAA title. He sunk an off-balance shot to tie the overtime game against Pepperdine in the first round of the Tournament. In the semifinal against Georgia, McQueen - who had more playing than usual as the Wolfpack dropped their three-guard lineup - posted a career-high 13 rebounds and added 8 points. In the final against favourites Houston, he had 12 rebounds and 4 points whilst also defending Hakeem Olajuwon as NC State earned an upset win to win the tournament.
He finished his collegiate career in 1985 with 5.3 points and 6 rebounds per game on average.
McQueen then moved to the Continental Basketball Association, playing with the Wisconsin Flyers. He was signed as a free-agent by the New York Knicks in August 1986 but was released without playing a competitive game less than two months later. He then returned to play in the CBA.
He averaged 11.9 points and 10.2 rebounds for the La Crosse Catbirds in the CBA for the first-half of the 1986-1987 season. McQueen was signed by the Detroit Pistons in January 1987 on a 10-day contract as an injury replacement for Rick Mahorn. Though he posted 6 points (on 3 for 3 shooting) and 8 rebounds in 7 minutes, he could not find space in a roster containing Adrian Dantley, John Salley and Dennis Rodman and left after 3 games, finishing the season with the Catbirds.
For the next season, he moved to the Italian Serie A, signing with Paini Napoli. He led the league in blocks with 2.1 per game in 1988-89, adding 16.3 points and 11.5 rebounds in 35.4 minutes. Joining Philips Milano in 1990, he had 10.2 points, 12.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 32.7 minutes per game.
A return to Italy followed, signing a $800,000 contract with Scaini Venezia. He was replaced by Shelton Jones in February 1993 after posting 9.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in nearly 33 minutes per game.
He finished his career in the American minor leagues, retiring in 1996.
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