One of the best players in the transfer portal decides to withdraw from it.
The Kentucky Wildcats have already made several major additions via the transfer portal, and there’s likely to be at least one more made.
However, Texas Tech star Mac McClung will not be one of them, as he’s reportedly withdrawn from the portal.
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McClung also announced he would be entering the NBA Draft process, but he wasn’t viewed as a draftable player, so it appears he’s set on spending next season with the Red Raiders.
When McClung initially entered the portal, Kentucky was among the schools to reach out, joining the likes of Gonzaga, Texas, Georgia, Memphis, NC State, Minnesota, Boston College, and Florida.
Last season, the 6-2, 185-pound guard 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.
Initially, the strongest contender for McClung appeared to be the Longhorns since former Red Raiders coach Chris Beard just took that job. However, it appears McClung is happy at Texas Tech with new head coach Mark Adams.
With other transfer options like Adam Miller, Marcus Carr, De’Vion Harmon, DeVante’ Jones, Bryce Hamilton and CJ Fredrick still out there, it’s untelling how high on Kentucky’s big board McClung was.
Still, McClung was easily among the best backcourt transfers out there, and the Wildcats badly need backcourt help, especially if Davion Mintz goes pro like it appears he will.