Former Georgetown guard Mac McClung is transferring to Texas Tech, the ex-Hoyas star announced Wednesday. McClung chose the Red Raiders over a final group of suitors that included Auburn, Memphis, USC, BYU, Arkansas and Wake Forest. McClung was one of the best sit-out transfers on the market after formally entering the portal after withdrawing from the NBA Draft two weeks ago. He decided to leave Georgetown after the team went through some challenging in-house distractions last year that led to several players being dismissed from the program.
As a sophomore McClung led the Hoyas in scoring and steals during a breakout campaign in which he averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. His season was unfortunately cut short after 21 games due to a foot injury.
The timing of McClung’s commitment couldn’t be more ideal for Texas Tech after they lost Davide Moretti, who last week announced he was pursuing a professional career overseas. Moretti handled a huge chunk of the ball-handling duties and was the team’s second-leading scorer last season.
It’s uncertain whether McClung will be able to make his presence felt immediately for Tech. He will be required, by NCAA policy, to sit out the upcoming season unless he’s able to obtain a waiver, which would give him immediate eligibility. McClung is the third transfer player to join Texas Tech this offseason along with Wichita State’s Jamarius Burton and VCU’s Marcus Santos-Silva. As a junior next season, he would be joining a highly-regarded incoming recruiting class.
Chris Beard, TTU’s coach has done an amazing job at Texas Tech building the program into a year-in, year-out contender partly by being incredibly successful in the transfer market.