Georgetown Hoyas’ freshman guard and human highlight reel Mac McClung has been named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week for games ending the week of Dec. 23. McClung was selected by CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander, in partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Duke’s Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett were prior week winners, along with Boston College’s Wynston Tabbs.
Earlier in the week, McClung scored 38 points in an overtime victory over the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans and was rewarded as the Big East Freshman of the Week. Mac also scored 14 points in a win against the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
What a great name, by the way. College hoops fans are blessed to have the top two frosh dunkers also sport terrific names. It all helps with the sell. McClung, who’s 6-2 and comes by way of Gate City, Virginia, had a career-best 38 points on Saturday. Georgetown won 102-94 in overtime against Little Rock, and McClung’s showing was the best for a Hoyas freshman since 1962-63.
McClung had a four-point play in overtime that clinched Georgetown’s W against Little Rock. It was a big moment for a program in need of more consistency in order to enter back into national relevancy -- and even Big East relevancy.
McClung was selected by CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander, in partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Norlander’s popular weekly freshman watch column will continue to feature nation’s the top freshmen each week in addition to the national player of the week. Later in the season, the USBWA will release a midseason watch list before naming finalists for the award. This season marks the first time a weekly national freshman of the week will be selected and, each Tuesday through Feb. 26, a standout first-year player will be chosen for the honor...
DIAPER DANDY OF THE WEEK: Mac McClung, Georgetown He scored 38 points in a win over Arkansas-Little Rock.
All I wanted for Christmas was to dunk like Mac McClung... maybe next year Santa :( pic.twitter.com/7oa8fEZIxc— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) December 26, 2018
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Former @GeorgetownHoops coach John Thompson Jr.: “I love Mac McClung. A lot of kids can’t handle the rigors of college basketball, especially at this level, but he has proven that he can. He is very polite and the type of kid that I would have recruited.” https://t.co/2sPwJXqD2s— Times News Sports (@tnsportslive) December 16, 2018
Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing was pleased with McClung’s aggressiveness on the offensive end, an initiative Ewing said that was not necessarily coach-inspired.
“It is something he has done on his own,” Ewing said. “He’s an attacking type of player and because of that he will get more calls from the officials.”
McClung’s driving style certainly was not lost on SMU coach Tim Jankovich. While his pregame scouting report revealed an opponent whose big men were well versed in spacing and how to nullify a double-team, it also acknowledged that the Hoyas’ guards — primarily McClung and fellow freshman James Akinjo — were relentless in their pursuit of the rim.
In Saturday’s win, the Hoyas were up four in overtime when McClung hit his fourth 3-pointer of the afternoon, drew the foul and converted the four-point play for the 98-90 advantage over Little Rock. Georgetown held on for the win to improve to 9-3 on the season. McClung scored a career-high 38 points (10-21 FGA, 4-9 3FGA, 14-16 FTA) in 39 minutes against the Trojans. He and classmate James Akinjo (Oakland, Calif. / Salesian College Preparatory) combined for 63 points with Akinjo adding a career-high 25 points. For the week, McClung averaged 29.5 mpg, 26.0 ppg, 2.0 apg and 1.5 rpg in the two contests.
People keep comparing Jeff Green to LeBron.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 24, 2018
On what it means to be a players’ player and why Bradley Beal, John Wall and others are wholly unsurprised Green is in the midst of the best year of his career: https://t.co/c9wxxwcShH pic.twitter.com/DLZvw0VDU9
The second-year coach put in the legwork to recruit McClung, too, folding his 7-foot frame into vehicles for multiple six-hour drives down to remote Gate City, Va. But as much as Akinjo and McClung responded to Ewing’s effort, connected with his vision and appreciated his honesty, LeBlanc deserves some recruiting credit as well. The forward from Baton Rouge committed first, in October 2017, then nudged McClung to do the same when he met the Virginian on McClung’s unofficial visit. McClung committed two days later, and LeBlanc set to work on Akinjo.