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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Mac McClung leaving Texas Tech after one season

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Mac McClung leaving Texas Tech after one season

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Mac McClung has withdrawn from the transfer portal. His future will either be remaining in the NBA Draft or returning for another season at Texas Tech. 

Mac McClung is on the move after one season starring for the men’s basketball team at Texas Tech.

The Gate City High School graduate revealed his future plans on Sunday via social media and in a post addressed to Red Raider Nation, McClung wrote: “Although things have changed my love and appreciation for you guys remain the same. Lubbock is a very special place and I thank everyone for letting me be a part of it. My main focus now is getting ready for the up-and-coming NBA draft, while going through this process I will be in the transfer portal.”

McClung averaged 15.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game during the 2020-21 season as Texas Tech went 18-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. He was selected as the Big 12 Conference’s newcomer of the year.

He spent the first two seasons of his collegiate career at Georgetown University and has averaged 14.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists over the course of 79 games at the DI level.

McClung announced on March 29, 2020, that he was entering the NBA Draft, but withdrew his name from consideration on May 12, 2020, and then announced he was transferring. He picked Texas Tech a couple of weeks later with Auburn, Memphis, Southern California, BYU, Arkansas and Wake Forest among the other finalists for his services.

A player from far Southwest Virginia hasn’t been selected in the NBA Draft since Marion High School graduate Clarence Hanley went to the Detroit Pistons in the fifth round (109th overall pick) of the 1986 event after a standout career at Old Dominion University. The draft was seven rounds at the time, but is now just two rounds. Hanley didn’t make Detroit’s roster, but did play professionally overseas.

McClung’s decision is the latest in the potential exodus of key players since coach Chris Beard took the job at Texas, his alma mater. Texas Tech assistant Mark Adams was promoted to take Beard's place.

McClung and fellow junior guard Kyler Edwards are in the transfer portal. Sophomore Terrence Shannon Jr. plans to explore the NBA draft without hiring an agent, making him eligible to return to Texas Tech.

Although classified as a junior, McClung has two years of college eligibility remaining if he decides against going pro. The 2019-20 season didn't count against players’ eligibility.

If McClung, Edwards and Shannon don't come back, Kevin McCullar could be the only returning player among Texas Tech's top four scorers.

The Red Raiders lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to finish Beard's fifth season. The Red Raiders lost to Virginia in overtime in the championship game of the previous tournament in 2019.

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