The former Texas Tech Red Raider Guard is going to get his opportunity as he signed as an undrafted free agent to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
After one year at Texas Tech, Mac McClung is going to get a chance to make his dreams come true with the Los Angeles Lakers.
In his one year at Texas Tech, McClung certainly made his presence felt and had a huge impact on the court that definitely helped with Tech’s success this past season. He averaged 15.5 pts, 2.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists while shooting 41% from the field and 34.3% from three.
McClung scored in double digits in 21 of Tech’s 29 games. His best scoring performance came against West Virginia on January 25th when he had 30 points while shooting 4-7 from three-point range.
Although some of his biggest and clutch performances would come against Texas and LSU.
In the Big 12/SEC Challenge game with LSU, McClung would go on to score 22 pts, five rebounds, and two steals. His biggest moment would come near the end of the game.
Down by 7 with a minute to go, McClung would dribble up the court and knock down a deep three from the right side to bring the score to 67-71. 30 seconds later after a missed shot, Mac would get the rebound and step out for another three-pointer to bring the game within one.
But his efforts were not all offense. With 30 seconds left in the game, McClung would force the steal and pass it to Terrence Shannon Jr. who would lay it up for two to give Tech the 72-71 lead. Tech would go on to win the game 76-71.
The game McClung will be most remembered for happened on January 13th in Austin, Texas.
Coming into the game Tech had an 11-3 record and was ranked #15 while Texas was ranked #4 with a 10-2 record. Both teams would trade blows back and forth all the way into the second half.
Then, with about 15 seconds left, Tech would get a defensive rebound and McClung would bring it up the court, thinking that Tech would call the timeout, they decided to let them play.
From there on it was all McClung as he dribbled to the right side and pulled up for a deep two that would go in with 2.2 seconds left in the game to give Tech the lead and the win 79-77. McClung will be most remembered for this game and will go down in Red Raider history as hitting one of the biggest shots of all time.
Tech fans will certainly remember this shot for years to come as it is always a good way to get a win over the Longhorns just like Keenan Evans did back in 2018 in OT.
This shot definitely earned McClung Red Raider immortality and will not be forgotten and Tech fans will not let Texas fans live it down for years to come.
The summer league should be fun to watch as McClung will try to make his impact and try to earn a G-League contract to where if he plays well enough maybe earn a chance to suit up for the Lakers.
I think he does have the skillset to do so because the athleticism is there as we all know all too well, but it will be up to him to make the most of the opportunity and show the rest of the league what they missed out on.
He will certainly have all of the Texas Tech family and Red Raider Nation behind him in his corner supporting him, and we wish him nothing but the best of luck!