Saturday began as a great opportunity to get close-up footage of Mac McClung.
The rising sophomore guard at Georgetown is a viral sensation, with both his 48" veritcal and ability to use it.
But as backcourt-mate James Akinjo and teammates began to clear out from the previous game, McClung was not setting his bag down by the newly-vacant bench like the rest of his teammates. In fact, he wasn't even in the gym.
For the second day straight, McClung would not show up to play for A&W Associates. No word was given as to why, other than his absence being non-injury related. With that opportunity lost came another found: a reminder of the depth of talent and athleticism among DMV college athletes and the footage to prove it.
First it was Maryland's rising senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr., who earned second-team All-Big Ten honors last season. The Bowie, Md. native's first bucket was a one-man operation, shaking his defender left then right before hitting a contested three.
Opposite Cowan was Georgetown's second player on A&W Associates, forward Josh LeBlanc. And LeBlanc reaffirmed McClung isn't the only Hoya who can jump out of the gym (follow the thread for part two).
George Washington sophomore forward Chase Paar made his presence felt as well, outmuscling defenders on the offensive end while protecting his own paint with two nice rejections.
GW F Chase Paar with the And-1. Game tied at 24. pic.twitter.com/Hy8fsXFDpa— Tim Nolan (@Tim_Nolan10) July 20, 2019
In the end, though, it was LeBlanc who left a lasting impression on the crowd at McDonough Gymnasium with his acrobatics above the rim. Cowan kept McClinton within a possession with one big shot after another, but he was ejected with just over a minute to play and A&W ultimately prevailed, 79-77.
McClung did not play on Sunday either, as A&W dropped to 3-3 heading into the final weekend of Kenner League play.
All remaining games can be watched at Georgetown's McDonough Gymnasium, but spectator photography of any kind is strictly prohibited.