Georgetown guard Mac McClung is entering the transfer portal, an unexpected move that will make him the most high-demand transfer in the nation.
McClung, the Hoyas’ leading scorer in 2019-20 and a likely preseason All-American, informed Georgetown of his plans on Wednesday after pulling his name out of the NBA draft to maintain his NCAA eligibility.
“It was a number of different events that made me feel I had no choice but to transfer from Georgetown,” McClung told ESPN. “I really wanted to stay, but things throughout my career made me realize that I couldn’t. … I’m looking for a place I can call home. A place I can be a part of a family and help them succeed.”
McClung averaged 15.7 points a game last season before a foot injury cut his season short. As a freshman, he averaged 13.1 points a game. The 6-foot-2 guard is best known for his high-flying dunks and highlight reel plays. He will need to file a waiver to play immediately in 2020-21.
“Mac was an integral piece of our program, and when he let me know his decision I was disappointed,” Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing said in a statement. “But he needs to do what’s best for him. I want to wish him luck in his future endeavors. Moving forward, our focus is the core that we have coming back and our incoming class.”
Daniel Hazan, McClung’s agent suggested that the NBA draft process prompted the transfer because through 11 interviews with teams McClung was informed he needed to prove he could be more of a facilitator. At Georgetown, he played primarily off the ball.
“The feedback that he got from (NBA) teams was that they wanted to see him facilitating more,” Hazan said, per The Washington Post. “Being more of a point guard role, etc. I’m not saying he couldn’t have gotten that at Georgetown, but he didn’t showcase that at Georgetown. He didn’t get the opportunity really to showcase that.”
McClung’s desire to play more of a point guard role could inform his transfer process, with the the country’s elite teams like to court him.