They would have been key players for coach Paul Kelleher in this summer's Irish U18 team, until Covid-19 put paid to all sporting action. A cruel blow to all involved.
The 18-year-old, who went to school at Coláiste Choilm, has serious sporting pedigree.
McCarthy and Lenihan both previously played with a Ballincollig team that won the U14 All-Ireland and included Hugh Murphy, wing-forward for the Cork minor footballers in 2019.
His excellence in Chicago put Leeside players in the spotlight but it is difficult to make an impact on Division 1 college basketball as the skill level and athleticism is extremely high.