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Ranking Mac McClung's transfer options from best to worst

Ranking Mac McClung's transfer options from best to worst

UPDATE: Mac McClung commits to Texas Tech

There were several options on the table for Mac McClung when he entered the transfer portal. So many that his first list to narrow down the field of teams he is considering was seven. 

McClung announced he will be making his decision on Wednesday.

Seven is too many for any fan base to try and get their hopes up on landing the 6-foot-2 combo guard. Likely, as is the trend, he will likely cut that list in half before his commitment announcement. 

But, not each school offer is weighed the same. There are benefits for McClung at one school that the others might not offer. Playing time and his role are surely going to be factors. Considering he just entered the NBA Draft process, he probably wants a program that will get him to that level. 

To try to predict where he would go, let's consider the reasons why the sophomore left Georgetown. He was the guy for the Hoyas - a Big East program with a former NBA player as a coach. This is no mid-major star trying to get more attention. The spotlight was on McClung and the connections he had could continue to build under Patrick Ewing. Getting recognition might not be as strong as you would typically see from other transfers. 

When McClung announced his intent to transfer, his noted concern was wanting to be a part of a family and help the team succeed. In his two years with Georgetown, there was massive turnover among the players. Transfers, top players graduating early, everything. 

Having the team succeed is another aspect. All Georgetown had to show was an NIT appearance during McClung's time on the Hilltop. Likely, the team was going in the opposite direction next season.

Lastly, given his size and abrupt decision to leave the Hoyas, NBA scouts likely will want McClung to develop more as a point guard. He's too small and not consistent enough of a shooter to play as a shooting guard.

This reasoning would provide more explanation into why he wanted to leave the Hoyas, more than just a minor riff with Ewing. With Jahvon Blair, the addition of a grad transfer and a high school recruit coming in, they were set at that spot. Minutes at the point were likely going to be limited for McClung.

Keep in mind as well, McClung will have to sit a year unless he gets a waiver, which is not expected. 

1. Texas Tech

Spotlight: Moderate
Family Environment: Fair
Winning Outlook: Very High
Need a Point Guard: Yes

Texas Tech has emerged as a consistent top 25 threat every season. Before the cancelation of the tournament, they had made the Elite Eight in back-to-back seasons and were the runner-ups in 2019. Head coach Chris Beard has this program in the right direction and will likely be a contender for years to come.

In Lubbock, McClung will not have to be the best player on the roster. Although, the talent isn't too high where McClung can't emerge as the guy again. The Red Raiders have established themselves as a transfer destination, which does take a hit in the family environment. But it also shows that they would welcome McClung with open arms. 

Beard also has the experience of turning guards into NBA prospects, with Jahmi'us Ramsey and Jarrett Culver.

In two years they will need a PG, whether Ramsey leaves for the draft this season or the next. McClung could find all of his needs at Texas Tech.

2. BYU

Spotlight: Moderate
Family Environment: Good
Winning Outlook: High
Need a Point Guard: Yes

Last season BYU surprised many as a legitimate contender in the national landscape of college basketball. With their new head coach Mark Pope, the veteran team was thought to contend for a run in the NCAA Tournament. 

Many of the faces from that squad have left, though point guard Alex Barcello will still have his senior year. But they are in a position to be just as good next year by adding Purdue transfer Matt Haarms.

Barcello will be gone by the time McClung suits up. And Pope able to keep a big core of players in his first season is a huge nod to him creating a family environment. 

Of course, BYU is not a Power 5 school and will not get the same attention as Georgetown. Nevertheless a good landing spot for McClung to thrive.

3. Memphis

Spotlight: Moderate
Family Environment: Unknown
Winning Outlook: Moderate
Need a Point Guard: Perhaps

Penny Hardaway has only been the coach of the Tigers for only two seasons, so it is hard to gauge some areas that we've associated with McClung. Still, Memphis has instantly attracted stars and is projecting upward for the next few years. 

None of the key figures on the roster have stayed there for two seasons, and the ones that have are underclassmen. The family environment is hard to grade. But, the team does not appear to be fully set at the point guard spot.

Going to the Tigers could be a little bit of a risk without much set in stone, but it still could bode well for McClung. 

4. Arkansas

Spotlight: Moderate
Family Environment: Unknown
Winning Outlook: High
Need a Point Guard: Unlikely

First-year head coach Eric Musselman has yet to firmly establish himself in the SEC. As a new coach, there were a lot of transfers out of the program so another situation where it is hard to determine what the environment is like. 

On the floor, the team showed promise and potential to have a good tenure under Musselman. They likely will have another good season and will trend upward in the foreseeable future. 

In the SEC he'll get attention and could be the best player on the Razorbacks. Where it gets murky though is that they are out of scholarships to offer according to VerbalCommits. Someone will have to be forced out if McClung goes there. 

5. Auburn

Spotlight: Low
Family Environment: Good
Winning Outlook: Moderate
Need a Point Guard: No

There's always an influx of talent coming into Auburn and that is no different over the next couple of seasons. For next season, they have a five-star and a four-star recruit coming in as a point guard which will make that position a full one. McClung might not be getting the reps he would like at the point and would have to battle for a spot. 

There is a good family environment in terms of players that go to Auburn stay under Bruce Pearl. They even are familiar with bringing in transfers, however, they are currently out of scholarships as well according to VC. 

Competition-wise, they will be taking a slight hit, as they are losing their entire starting five this offseason. 

6. USC

Spotlight: Moderate
Family Environment: Low
Winning Outlook: Low
Need a Point Guard: Likely

Going from the spotlight of the Big East to the Pac-12 actually diminishes value slightly, but McClung will likely be the best player for the Trojans once he suits up. 

At USC he will have a greater chance to be competitive in that league and better odds to get to the NCAA Tournament. There are some point guard options currently on the roster and coming in, but none are certainly a lock two seasons from now. 

Most importantly, though, is the family atmosphere. For various reasons, there has been a lot of transfers over the years with several players also turning pro. Much like Georgetown, it could be a revolving door of players coming in and out. 

7. Wake Forest 

Spotlight: Moderate
Family Environment: Unknown
Winning Outlook: Very low
Need a Point Guard: Likely

While several of the teams on McClung's list have relatively new coaches, none are entering their first season like Steve Forbes at Wake Forest. 

He brings a good reputation while at his former school, East Tennessee State, but how that translates remains to be seen. It still is going to be a rebuild for the Demon Deacons. 

Going to Winston-Salem doesn't appear to be much of a better landing spot for McClung than Georgetown did. 

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Memphis' James Wiseman is front-runner to be No. 1 pick in NBA draft, according to a report

Memphis' James Wiseman is front-runner to be No. 1 pick in NBA draft, according to a report

The talent at the top of the 2020 NBA Draft class doesn't quite live up to the expectations that are generated from the top picks in an ordinary year. And with so much uncertainty among the top prospects, many evaluators find it tough to predict which direction teams will go. 

There's a clear-cut top three in James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball. But Wiseman only played three games at Memphis before he was suspended and then withdrew from the school. Ball played overseas in Australia and suffered an injury.

Of the three, Wiseman has stood out in the eyes of many NBA executives, according to Stadium's Jeff Goodman. In an anonymous poll of 35 executives, 20 would select the 7-foot-1 center as the No. 1 pick.

There's a lot to like about Wiseman. He has the 'star-power' and an explosive game that comes with being a top pick. As a pure raw athlete, a lot of teams would love the opportunity to develop him. With his size, he could instantly have an impact as a rim-protector and rebounder. There's just skepticism on his lack of play in college and not playing a competitive game since November. 

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Georgia's Edwards (10 of 35 votes) was second, LaMelo Ball (four votes) was third. 

While Wiseman may be the front-runner, it's irrelevant unless the team picking wants him. A report from the San Francisco Chronicle states that Golden State - who currently has the worst record in the NBA - is not interested in either Wiseman or Ball. Last year Zion Williamson was overwhelmingly thought of as the top selection. There was no debate. Every team would have taken him No. 1. 

This year, not so much. 

“I wouldn’t even want the No. 1 pick,” one NBA general manager told Goodman. “If I have it, I’m trying like hell to trade it.”

It's a weird draft this season, even weirder with the coronavirus pandemic throwing a wrench in preparation. Many teams say they would like to take Wiseman, there was even one executive that would dive deeper into the class and take Dayton's Obi Toppin. 

“This is an underwhelming draft at the top,” a high-ranking executive to Goodman. “It’s as difficult for the No. 1 pick as I’ve seen in a long time.”

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Redskins add Memphis RB/WR Antonio Gibson with third-round pick

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The Redskins entered Day 2 of the NFL Draft desperate for another offensive weapon, and they added one in Memphis' Antonio Gibson.

In his senior year with the Tigers, Gibson totaled 38 receptions for 738 yards and eight touchdowns, while rushing for 369 yards on just 33 carries (11.2 yards per rush).

In a Zoom conference call with local media, Redskins Senior VP of Player Personnel Kyle Smith called Gibson a "swiss-army" knife, someone who can impact the offense in multiple ways. Gibson has experience lining up in the backfield as well as the slot. With Washington, he has the chance to provide an immediate impact in the return game and on special teams, too. 

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Throughout free agency, Redskins head coach Ron Rivera signed a number of guys who are versatile and playing multiple positions. Gibson has experience playing all over the field, and at 6-foot, 228 lbs. with a 4.39 40-yard dash time, is a home run threat every time he touches the ball.

When asked what a reasonable expectation for Gibson would be as a rookie, Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said: "this guy is going to get on the field for us early."

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