Former Georgetown guard, Mac McClung, entered the transfer portal Wednesday afternoon and immediately became one of (if not the) top transfer target in the country. There is a good chance he could become a Tennessee Vol.
McClung had originally entered the NBA draft process after his sophomore campaign with the Hoyas which was ended early due to foot and ankle injuries sustained in early February. On Wednesday, McClung withdrew his name from the draft and declared that he would be leaving the dysfunctional Georgetown program.
Despite battling injuries, McClung averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 21 games during his sophomore season and was on pace to be a Big East All-American.
Mac McClung will withdraw from the @NBADraft and enter the transfer portal. The Soph. averaged 15.7PPG in 19-20 and will be highly sought after.
He will reportedly file a waiver to play immediately. pic.twitter.com/xHpTDOjZXQ
— Nxt1sColin (@Nxt1sColinBrown) May 13, 2020
There are a few reasons why McClung could come to Tennessee.
The biggest reason why McClung could be a Vol is because his family is from Gate City, Virginia which sits right off of the Tennessee/ Virginia boarder and is a roughly 1:40 drive from Knoxville. Of course, the proximity to home can appeal to many college students, but the reasoning goes further.
As of now, McClung would have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules. Historically though, players have had better luck getting the NCAA immediate eligibility waiver when they move relatively close to home. Granted, Tennessee hasn’t had the best of luck recently with NCAA eligibility (reference Uros Plavsic). But the NCAA has been so inconsistent with their rulings, that McClung would still have a better shot to immediately play at Tennessee than any other school that has reached out to him.
His sister also played soccer for UT. Anna McClung originally played soccer for Florida State, but transferred after her freshman year to Knoxville.
There are also rumors from some UT students that McClung visited Knoxville in the fall of 2019. Yes, this is a weak argument and you should take it with a grain of salt (that is why it is the last argument presented). But if the rumors are true, it definitely ads one more reason to believe that McClung could be a Vol.
Spotted in early fall on ole Rocky Top…🤷🏼♂️ pic.twitter.com/Rn8KGkSdDG
— Ben Craig (@ben_craigg) May 14, 2020
If Mac McClung transfers to Tennessee, he would have an immediate impact. He has shown the ability against high level competition to be a go-to scorer and a reliable ball handler. He could also bring leadership as he would be one of the older players on the team. Most importantly, McClung plays with a sense of swagger and confidence that radiates to his teammates which is extremely valuable for a team that will be loaded with freshman.
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