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McClung files for NBA draft; could return to Georgetown

Kevin Mays • Updated Mar 29, 2020 at 5:38 PM

GATE CITY, Va. — Former Gate City superstar Mac McClung is going pro.

At least that’s the plan for now.

McClung announced on social media Sunday afternoon that he has decided to enter the NBA draft, which is scheduled to be held on June 25.

“I would like to thank God for blessing me with this opportunity,” McClung said in his social media announcement. “I would also like to thank my parents, coach (Patrick) Ewing, along with his coaching staff, for believing in me and helping me become the player I am today.

“To the Georgetown faithful, thank you for giving me a new home!

With that being said, I have decided to enter the 2020 NBA draft, while maintaining my eligibility. Thank you for all of your support and go Hoyas.”

The 2018 Gate City graduate is the leading scorer in Virginia High School League history with 2,801 career points.

“It is very exciting for Mac and his family. All the hard work, hours of travel and investment, and belief in his abilities are continuing to pay off,” Gate City boys basketball coach Scotty Vermillion, who directed McClung and his Blue Devil teammates to the 2018 VHSL Class 2 state championship, said Sunday. “He gives the Lord the credit for this opportunity and will keep working very hard to reach his potential and succeed at the professional level. Mac is made for this.”

McClung, a true sophomore at Georgetown, emerged as a team leader while leading the Hoyas in scoring this past season, averaging 15.7 points per game.

In 21 games this season, while battling a foot injury, McClung also averaged 2.4 assists and 1.4 assists for Georgetown.

During his freshman year at Georgetown, McClung was selected to the Big East All-Freshman team. He averaged 13.1 points per game last season and scored a career-high 38 points against Little Rock.

COULD REMAIN A HOYA

McClung told ESPN Sunday that he has hired an agent, but he can still return to Georgetown if he decides forgo the draft by June 15.

“I have submitted my form to the Undergraduate Advisory Committee, and sent in paperwork to the league office. I have also signed with an NBA/NCAA certified agent which gives me an opportunity to go through this process while also maintaining eligibility,” he said in ESPN’s Jonathan Givony’s report.

“Going through this NBA pre-draft process with all the unknown is very challenging for me. Not knowing if I will have the opportunity to work out for teams, or the status of the NBA combine make this process different. I understand that the NBA draft process will be different this year given the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.

“I am looking forward to getting feedback from NBA teams, as well as give NBA teams an opportunity to get to know me on a more personal level. I feel as if I have an obligation with the platform I have to remind people the importance of social distancing and staying home as much as possible.”

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