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McClung chooses Texas Tech

Tanner Cook • May 27, 2020 at 4:32 PM

Mac McClung is heading to the Lone Star State.

The former Gate City basketball standout announced with a 10-second video on his Twitter feed with the caption “Wreck ’Em!” that he is transferring to Texas Tech from Georgetown.

McClung stated before his announcement that he would apply for a waiver in hopes of being immediately eligible to play in the 2020-21 season. 

The NCAA voted down a one-time transfer proposal last week that would allow players to be eligible upon switching schools.

Texas Tech now has to apply for the waiver for McClung. 

The Red Raiders made the 2019 NCAA National Championship game under head coach Chris Beard before losing to Virginia 85-77 in overtime. 

Texas Tech finished the 2019-20 season with a 18-13 record and did not get to play in the Big XII conference tournament, which was canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Last week when McClung announced his top seven choices, Super Bowl LIV MVP and former Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes retweeted him saying, “That first jersey in red is where it’s at!! Come on and make a run at the natty in Lubbock! #GunsUp.”

He also got a retweet from Minnesota Timberwolves 2019 NBA first-round draft pick Jarrett Culver, who was one of the leaders on the Red Raider national runner-up team. 

Blue Devils head coach Scott Vermillion believes McClung will flourish in Lubbock. 

“I talked to several head coaches, and they all said that this was the right move,” Vermillion said. “Texas Tech has the right staff, the right players and the right system for Mac to come in and be in a big role on a big-time team. 

“Coach Beard is a winner, and he’s got the track record to prove it.”

One of the calling cards the Red Raiders were known for in the title game run was defense.

“He had a dramatic improvement (on defense) the last two seasons, and I think he will fit in fine. I talked to Coach Beard and he was saying how they didn’t have that go-to guy this year that could go out and get them a bucket when they needed it,” Vermillion said. “They believe Mac is that kind of player. He isn’t going to be given anything, and he’ll have to work for everything that he gets.”

On May 21, McClung announced the seven schools he was considering — Wake Forest, Arkansas, BYU, Southern California, Memphis, Auburn and Texas Tech — in an 11-second video on Twitter, with different frames showing him wearing the uniforms of the seven different schools. He made no comment on the post regarding his choices.

Earlier this month in an interview with ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, McClung said there was no way he could stay with the Hoyas.

“It was a number of different events that made me feel I had no choice but to transfer from Georgetown,” McClung said. “I really wanted to stay, but things throughout my career made me realize that I couldn’t.”

He announced earlier this year he was exploring entering the NBA draft, but he withdrew his name from the draft and instead entered the transfer portal on May 13.

McClung averaged 15.7 points per game during his sophomore season with Georgetown. He was named to the Big East All-Freshman team two seasons ago after averaging 13.1 points per game for the Hoyas.

McClung owns the VHSL career scoring record with 2,801 points and is on top of the VHSL single-season scoring record with 1,153 points. The single-season record came in McClung’s senior season at Gate City when he averaged 38.4 points per game.

Times News sports reporter Kevin Mays contributed to this story.

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