While the Rutgers men’s basketball team is still looking to fill the one remaining scholarship for next season, the coaching staff continues to work on the all important 2018 recruiting class as well. While top choices Naz Reid and Montez Mathis are still in the mix, there is no denying that finding the point guard of the future is crucial for the 2018 class as well. Corey Evans of Rivals reported that an intriguing floor general is set to visit the program on Monday.
According to 247 Sports, 6’1” point guard Mac McClung holds 25 offers, including from Quinnipiac, Duquense, Air Force, Bucknell, and College of Charleston, among others. However, McClung is still waiting for an offer from a high major program, but that’s something that should happen sooner rather than later. Several high major programs are starting to take note of McClung. Virginia and Virginia Tech have shown interest and the latter has recruited players from his high school previously. Mac plays at Gate City high school, which is a smaller program in Southwest Virginia, but is a traditional state power. Per Matt Agnoli at 247 Sports, other high majors such as Arizone State, Utah, Gonzaga, Marquette and Cincinnati are getting involved as well.
McClung participated in the Virginia Top 80 event in 2016 and was named “Mr. Playmaker” based on his performance there. Patrick O’Brien of Phenom Reports wrote the following about McClung after the event:
“Every person at the event walked away talking about Mac McClung. Not many people knew about him coming in, so with the toughness and explosion in which he leads a team, it was not surprising that he was a big hit. McClung has a tough handle in the half court, with a quick first step getting into the lane, and toughness and explosion as he gets to the rim. He is one that is sure to really make a splash in recruiting this summer. A lot to like in his game.”
With the July live recruiting period set to begin a month from now, credit head coach Steve Pikiell and the staff for getting McClung on campus for a visit beforehand. While McClung doesn’t have any star rating at the moment, a lot of that likely has to do with him playing in a small school league. Regardless, he averaged close to 30 points as a junior last season, albeit against lesser competition. However, the fact is when McClung has been able to showcase his talent on the AAU circuit, where he plays for a very good program in Team Loaded Virginia, McClung has performed well. His recruiting profile could blow up during the July period and Rutgers is wisely getting involved before he does.
McClung’s cousin is rap star Riff Raff, who recently started touting his talent online and on social media. His sister plays women’s college soccer at Tennessee.
What stands out to me in watching McClung’s highlight tapes is his toughness and ability to draw contact when attacking the rim. He has a quick first step and looks to be an excellent passer. Despite being just 6’1”, McClung attacks the rim with ferocity and reportedly slammed home over 40 dunks during his junior season. I’ve said before that not only is an upgrade in talent needed on the Rutgers roster, but attitude is so important as well. Pikiell loves players who are gym rats that are fearless and McClung seems to fit that bill. Rutgers needs players with a chip on their shoulder and that play with a confidence and swagger on the court. Checks can be made across the board in regards to McClung in those areas.
I recommend watching the below highlight tapes of McClung, as his game is likely to get any Rutgers fan excited. While the staff have already offered 2018 point guards Jalen Carey, David Duke, and Martin Zegroski, credit their due diligence by pursuing McClung as well. It’s possible they will end up offering him on his visit and if they do, we will update this post.
UPDATE 4:15 p.m. on 6/12/17: McClung received an offer!
Received an offer from Rutgers!! pic.twitter.com/zGMvqGUwik— mac mcclung (@McclungMac) June 12, 2017
For now, watch the tapes and be happy in the fact that the Rutgers coaching staff is leaving no stone unturned as they work to put together a memorable 2018 recruiting class.