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Quick Reaction: Texas Tech lands Transfer CG Mac McClung

Texas Tech lands one of the best graduate transfers on the market in Mac McClung

It would not be a Chris Beard recruiting class unless he signed 34 recruits. This time, Beard has landed one of the most sought after graduate transfers on the market in Mac McClung, who earned popularity in high school as a kid looking like he was from Hoosiers but dunking like a he was in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest.

However, he became SO much more than that in his two seasons at Georgetown. Here are his measurables, his college states and his interest in the transfer portal.

Mac McClung – Combo Guard (Gate City, VA., Georgetown University)

Height Weight
6’2″ 185 lbs

Freshman Stats: 13.1 ppg, 2.0 apg, 2.6 rpg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.2 FG%/27.7 3FG&/79.81 FT%

Sophomore Stats: 15.7 ppg, 2.4 apg, 3.1 rpg, 1.4 spg, 0.2 bpg, 39.4/32.3/80.2

Interest: Arkansas, Auburn, BYU, Memphis, Texas, Texas Tech, USC, and Wake Forest

McClung was the leading scorer for Hoyas this past season and was one of the leaders in assists as well. His freshman year he was named to the Big East All-Freshman team and established himself as the best player for Georgetown last year.

In fact, he decided to go pro and enter his name in the 2020 NBA Draft. However, just a couple weeks ago, he decided to withdraw from the draft and transfer. A week later he named his Top 7 (the teams above) and then yesterday announced that he would commit today.

With Davide Moretti forgoing his senior season is play professionally in Italy, Texas Tech needed another established guard to come in and provide scoring, which is definitely what McClung does. You could tell from the response from former and current players that they really wanted him to come in Texas Tech.

Anyway, looking at McClung’s highlights from last seasons, it seems he has a strong offensive game. He can catch and shoot, as well as create his shot from the outside, and he’s good at slashing to the basketball. So he has the ability to create his own shot (which Tech struggled with a little last year), but can spot-up in the corner as well.

Unfortunately, all the highlights I found were basically of him scoring, but he did average more than a steal per game his sophomore year. He doesn’t look all that big, but Texas Tech already has a lot of length so if he’s not great defensively, the team can make up for it. Moretti wasn’t the strongest defender and Tech did fine.

And for those who worry about how he will translate to Big 12 play, McClung played two games against Big 12 teams last year. He scored 19 against Texas at Madison Square Garden and 33 at Oklahoma State, shooting over 50% both games and walking away with wins.

Here is what Texas Tech’s class sits at now, with 14 scholarships out of a possible 13 if you assume Ramsey is keeping his name in the 2020 NBA Draft. If the trend keeps up, guys that don’t play a ton of minutes will likely leave.

Here is what the class looks like now:

Name (Position) Ratings (247composite) Measurables
Chibuzo Agbo Jr. (SF) 94.05 (4*, 111st HS in 2020) 6-7, 215 lbs
Micah Peavy (SF) 98.44 (4*, 41st HS in 2020) 6-7, 185 lbs
Nimari Burnett (CG) 98.84 (4*, 32nd HS in 2020) 6-3, 185 lbs
Esahia Nyiwe (PF) 89.00 (3*, 202nd HS in 2020) 6-10, 210 lbs
Jamarius Burton (SG) Transfer from Wichita State 6-4, 200 lbs
Marcus Santos-Silva (C) Transfer from VCU 6-7, 250 lbs
Mac McClung (CG) Transfer from Georgetown 6-2, 185 lbs

Get Your Guns Up, Mac!!!

 

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