Mac McClung

Patrick Mahomes celebrates Mac McClung picking his alma mater Texas Tech

Patrick Mahomes celebrates Mac McClung picking his alma mater Texas Tech

Wednesday was a good day for Red Raider fans when Mac McClung announced his transfer commitment to Texas Tech

Even former alum and Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes - who also was openly recruiting the star on Twitter - was excited about the big get. 

He was joined by fellow Texas Tech alum Jarrett Culver in sharing his excitement of getting the 6-foot-2 guard. Culver's style and skill set are very similar to McClung's. Under head coach Chris Beard, he helped transform the combo guard into a first-round NBA prospect.

Other professional athletes including Trae Young gave McClung their congratulations. 

As a late entry into the transfer portal, McClung was one of the biggest available players this offseason. While he is required to sit a season due to NCAA transfer rules, there is some buzz that he may get a waiver to compete next season in Lubbock. 

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Georgetown transfer Mac McClung commits to Texas Tech

Georgetown transfer Mac McClung commits to Texas Tech

Georgetown transfer Mac McClung has committed to play at Texas Tech for the next step in his collegiate career. 

The 6-foot-2 guard joins a tournament-ready team that has quickly risen to prominence over the past handful of seasons. Of his seven options, the Red Raiders were the ideal fit for McClung's needs.

His arrival comes at the perfect time as point guards Jahmi'us Ramsey is expected to make the jump to the NBA and Davide Moretti announcing his intent to leave the school to play professionally in Italy. 

McClung could take over the point guard role after playing as a combo guard at Georgetown for two seasons. Beard has had success turning natural combo guards (ie. Ramsey and Jarrett Culver) into NBA point guards. 

In Lubbock, McClung will not have to be the best player on the roster like he was with the Hoyas. Although, the talent isn't too high where McClung can't emerge as the guy again. 

In two years at Georgetown, the guard averaged 14.2 points with a 39 percent shooting percentage. He was named to the Big East's All-Freshman team after his first season before injuries cut into his impact his sophomore season. 

He has two years of eligibility remaining after withdrawing his name for the NBA draft this year. 

McClung is expected to apply for a waiver that would make him immediately available, according to ESPN's Jeff Borzello. NCAA rules state he must sit a season before being eligible to play.

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How did Mac McClung become an internet sensation?

How did Mac McClung become an internet sensation?

There was a lot of pomp and fanfare when Mac McClung made his decision to go to Georgetown in early 2018. 

Odd for an outsider, considering he was a consensus three-star prospect from Southwest, VA. The Hoyas were the only team from a power conference to offer a scholarship to McClung, his other options were Drake, Murray State and Old Dominion among others. 

But McClung was well known in the social media landscape. His high-flying acrobatics and dunking ability wowed high school crowds and led to be all the rage on social media. His highlights mixtapes, some made by him and some made by other videographers, revolutionized the highlight game for upcoming college prospects.

His Instagram account macmcclung37 gained traction and as of this writing has over 743,000 followers. 

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On top of his dunking, he regularly put up 40-plus points in nearly every game. One game the star scored 64 points, the most in a VHSL game since 1984.  His senior season he averaged 37 points a contest.

His fame did not stop in high school. At the competitive Kenner League in Washington D.C., he continued to churn out highlight after highlight. Instead of dunking on high school players who will never play in the college game, he was posterizing four-star and other three-star recruits. 

Anybody who wanted to be in the highlight business tailed McClung at every opportunity. 

McClung's fame blossomed. Arguably, he became one of the most-hyped three-star recruits of his time. Professional athletes began following McClung on Twitter and Instagram, while interacting with him. 

He made it to Georgetown, the dunking continued and the fanbase was thrilled. 

Within two years he was the team's leading scorer and focal point of the offense. The dunks became few and far between but the celebrity status that McClung had to his name was still there. 

Once his name hit the transfer portal, it was one of the biggest stories of the offseason - for multiple reasons. But star player after star player, including Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, joined in the recruiting game to bring McClung to their former school or backyard college. 

Those who are critical say McClung's stardom and Instagram fame got in the way of developing more with the Hoyas. Meanwhile, other fan bases were doing all the could to try and bring the aerial superstar to their team. 

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