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Kentucky contacts Mac McClung

Gonzaga and Texas are among the other schools to reach out.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have already made a major impact on the transfer recruiting trail, and there’s likely to be at least one more big move.

On Sunday, Texas Tech star Mac McClung announced he would be entering the NBA Draft process and putting his name in the transfer portal as well.

Now, Kentucky is reportedly among the schools who’ve reached out to McClung, according to recruiting analyst Pat Lawless.

Last season, the 6-2, 185-pound highlight-reel averaged 15.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.1 assists while shooting 41.9% from the floor and 34.3% from three. The Virginia native began his career at Georgetown and spent two years there before transferring to Texas Tech in the 2020 offseason.

Because he’s testing the NBA Draft waters, McClung likely won’t make a final decision until around July as to whether he’ll return to school or go pro, a similar situation to Minnesota transfer Marcus Carr.

Of course, McClung may get the feedback he needs sooner than that to make the right decision. He’s not currently projected to be drafted.

For now, one would think the strongest contender for McClung could be the Texas Longhorns since former Red Raiders coach Chris Beard just took that job. Gonzaga is also going to be a major player for anyone they pursue as well.

With other transfer options like Adam Miller, Marcus Carr, De’Vion Harmon, Bryce Hamilton Marcus Williams still out there, it’s untelling how high on Kentucky’s big board McClung will be. But there’s no question he’s one of the best out there, and the Wildcats badly need more backcourt help, especially if Davion Mintz goes pro.

For now, check out some highlights of McClung in action.

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