Mac McClung has withdrawn from the 2020 NBA Draft, and has announced that he will transfer from Georgetown. Will he change his mind and try the new G-League program installed by the NBA instead?
Mac McClung has cut his transfer list to the following schools:
- Texas Tech
- Wake Forest
“It was a number of different events that made me feel I had no choice but to transfer from Georgetown,” McClung told ESPN. “I really wanted to stay, but things throughout my career made me realize that I couldn’t.
“I’m looking for a place I can call home. A place I can be a part of a family and help them succeed.”
The Sophmore guard averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 steals, in his 26.8 minutes per game for the Hoyas. He’ll be receiving a transfer waiver, granting him immediate eligibility for whatever school he transfers to.
McClung made his name in high school, utilizing his flashy dunks, and slick handles to go viral. His Ballislife high school mixtapes garnered millions of views, making him one of the most hyped up players in high school, despite the fact that he was only a 3 star prospect.
McClung is choosing to transfer from Georgetown, after a disappointing season for the Hoyas. They were bottom dwellers in the Big East, finishing with a 15-17 record (with an abysmal 5-13 conference record.)
McClung is now one of, it not the most sought after transfers in the country, garnering interest from a whole host of Power 6 Conference schools. With so many teams showing interest in the young Guard, it’s hard to predict where he will go, but we can take a look at some of the most likely, and most intruiging landing spots for McClung.
Maryland had a very good season last year, finishing the season at #12 in the country, and as the top team in the Big 10. Their best player last season was senior guard, Anthony Cowan Jr. so they’ll have a hole to fill in their backcourt.
Maryland hasn’t officially reached out to McClung, but according to Adam Zagoria on twitter, they are a potential landing spot for McClung.
Maryland has consistently been one of the best schools in the Big 10 over the past few years, and could be a very good landing spot for McClung. He’d have an opportunity to start for them, and could help them continute their success from last season.
Tennessee was fairly mediocre last season, finishing in the middle of the SEC, with a 17-14 record (9-9 in conference,) but with how impressive of a recruiting class they have, Tennessee could be a team to watch next season. They have the #4 recruiting class in the country, featuring two 5 star guards, in Jaden Springer and Keon Johnson.
McClung would definitely need to compete for minutes next season, with Freshman Jaden Springer and Keon Johnson both likely going to have significant roles, as well as Senior Yves Pons, and Sophmore Santiago Vescovi vying for minutes in the backcourt.
McClung’s fit at Tennessee doesn’t make as much sense as some other schools, but his connection to the Volunteers is strong. He went to high school a couple hours away from Knoxville, Tennessee, as well the fact that his sister transferred from Florida State to Tennessee after her Sophmore soccer season.
Tennessee has formally reached out to McClung regarding his transfer, so the Volunteers could possibly be where McClung ends up.
Auburn is one of the 13 schools to have officially reached out to McClung, and with how successful they were last season, they’d be a very appealing landing spot for him. They were one of the top teams in the SEC last season, competing with both Kentucky and LSU all season long. They finished the season ranked within the Top 25, and could be where McClung lands, if team success is his priority.
Auburn will be losing both starting guards, Samir Doughty, and J’Von McCormick, so he’d have the opportunity to start for them. McClung could form a deadly backcourt duo with incoming 5 star Freshman, Sharife Cooper, which would be incredibly fun to watch. Cooper’s playmaking would allow him to be the primary ball handler, opening up opportunities for McClung.
Rutgers scarlett Knights
Mac McClung was heavily recruited by the Scarlett Knights in high school, and even committed to them at one point in time. He later decommitted, and committed to Georgetown, where he spent his Freshman and Sophmore seasons.
Despite not having formally reached out to McClung, you’d have to assume to Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell would be very interested in McClung, considering that he so heavily recruited him back when McClung was in high school.
He’d have to compete with Rutgers guards, Jacob Young, Geo Baker, and Ron Harper Jr. for minutes, but with how talented McClung is in comparison, he’d likely end up in their starting 5.
north carolina tar heels
Mac McClung would be a great fit in Carolina. Freshman Guard Jeremiah Francis recently transferred to New Mexico, opening up another scholarship for the Tar Heels. North Carolina has a very impressive recruiting class, currently sitting at #3 in the country. This class features 4 guards, Caleb Love, RJ Davis, Kerwin Walton, and Creighton Lebo, but with how tentative Roy Williams is to give freshmen extended minutes, McClung could carve out a significant role for himself in Carolina.
Neither of North Carolina’s two most productive guards last season will be suiting up for the Tar Heels next season. Cole Anthony will be entering the NBA Draft, and Brandon Robinson was a senior, ending his tenure in the Carolina blue.
With an opening at both starting guard spots, McClung could look to come in, and compete for a starting spot. North Carolina had a down season last year, so McClung could look to capitalize on that, and become a starting player on one of college basketballs most historic teams.