Mac McClung is the #1 transfer left on the market. McClung just cut his list to 7 and it’s quite an interesting one. It didn’t include Tennessee or Gonzaga, which are three schools I thought would definitely make his list. I’ll examine the 7 schools for the Sit-out transfer guard.
USC: McClung wants to keep playing Point Guard, and USC seems to have point guard of the future in Ethan Anderson. He’ll be a sophomore next season and he is a true point guard with great passing ability and a good defender, scoring isn’t quite there yet for Anderson. I’m not sure USC will give McClung what he wants, given his desire to be the teams point guard.
BYU: Mark Pope will likely be able to provide McClung with the shots and playing time at the point guard he wants. While Alex Barcelo will the point guard as a Junior this season, BYU could move McClung to the point in a year. The concern is if the recognition he might not receive in the West Coast Conference turns McClung off.
Texas Tech: They lose Davide Moretti after this season but they gain Wichita State transfer, Jamarius Burton who has to sit this season and will be ready for 2021-22, both of which are similar players. Nimari Burnett and Kyler Edwards both can play either on or off the ball. While McClung would fit in and win at Texas Tech, it is more competition if McClung chooses the Red Raiders.
Arkansas: Coach Mussleman is looking at a Transfer? Am I reading that right? Just Kidding, obviously It’s the Mussleman specialty. They add KK Robinson a point guard in this class but besides him they won’t have much getting in the way of McClung there either. McClung might not be the full-time point guard but he’ll certainly put up numbers at Arkansas.
Memphis: This is an interesting one, he wants to be a true point guard, who better to learn from than Penny Hardaway, who played that position at the highest level in the NBA for many years. Alex Lomax is the only true point guard on the team he’ll be a Senior come 2021-22, but McClung will get the chance to show his Point Guard ability as a member of the Tigers.
Wake Forest: I’m not sure about this one, the Deacs will be pretty bad the next two seasons. That being said, they play in the ACC, which has a lot of exposure, and McClung will get the ball A LOT. It depends what McClung wants more, if it’s the best chance to put up his big stats? Wake Forest. Put up good stats while winning? Not Wake Forest. They also are 3 hours driving distance from Gate City, VA his hometown.
Auburn: They lose do it-all point guard J’Von McCormack after this past season, but they add a Top-25 recruit in Sharife Cooper. Cooper could be one and done but who knows at this point and McClung probably should just ignore that piece of the equation, Bruce Pearl is a great coach and opportunity will be there.
McClung wants to develop as a point guard and I think it’s in his best interest to learn from Penny Hardaway. He will teach him the In’s and out’s of being a point guard, like Patrick Ewing couldn’t and Penny Hardaway seems universally liked by all of his players. Combine that with the fact that Memphis is lining up for a big season in the 2021-22 year and this makes too much sense.