Georgetown's Mac McClung to withdraw from NBA draft process, enter transfer portal
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Georgetown’s Mac McClung to withdraw from NBA draft process, enter transfer portal

By Tommy Fradenburg

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local | See @tommyfradenburg

Former Georgetown star Mac McClung isn’t going to the NBA next year; but he revealed he’s not returning to the Hoyas for another season either.

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McClung is an athletic guard known for his high flying dunks and instantly becomes the highest profile transfer currently on the market.

“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 news comes as a surprise for some, as head coach Patrick Ewing told ESPN’s Andy Katz on a podcast that he expected McClung to return to the school.

Mac was an integral piece of our program and when he let me know his decision I was disappointed, but he needs to do what’s best for him,”Ewing said in a statement. “I want to wish him luck in his future endeavors.”

The 6’2″ native of Gate City, Virginia will file a waiver to play immediately; despite NCAA rules usually requiring non-graduate transfers to sit out a season.

Background

McClung committed to Georgetown out of Gate City High School as part of the 2018 recruiting class after recommitting from Rutgers.

While the Hoyas were nothing special in his freshman year; McClung burst on the scene as an individual talent. He averaged 13.1 points in 26 minutes per game in his opening campaign; starting every contest on the way to the Big East All-Freshman team in 2018-19.

After his strong freshman year even bigger things were expected of him as a sophomore. He delivered for the most part; increasing his scoring, rebounding and assist averages. But despite his success on the court, a foot injury suffered in a February practice limited him for the remainder of the season.

Three weeks following his injury he attempted to return to the court, but played just eight minutes in a game against Providence before limping off the floor for the final time in a Georgetown uniform.

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Following the 2019-20 college basketball season; McClung announced his intention to test the waters of the NBA Draft.

In that time he conducted interviews with 11 different teams in the league; but ultimately decided his stock wasn’t quite where it needed to be. McClung did say in an interview that he felt Ewing’s comments about his return may not have helped his case.

“The podcast with Andy Katz was not the deciding factor to my decision to transfer,” he said. “I think it affected my pre-draft process, and seemed to confuse a lot of teams.

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After receiving 30 Division I offers coming out of high school; back to back double-figure seasons at Georgetown should only make it easier for the rising junior to find a home for next winter.

McClung is the latest in a sting of roster turnover for Ewing and the Hoyas, who have also lost James Akinjo, Josh LeBlanc to dismissal and Galen Alexander and Myron Gardner to transfer. With significant turnover following a sub-.500 season in the nation’s capital; the future still looks gloomy for Georgetown.

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