By Marcus Shockley
Greg McClinton (SF, 6’6″, 2013) is an AAU teammate of Rodney Purvis and a great prospect from North Carolina. Greg has length and a ballhandling ability that will allow him to play the 3 in college and probably a lot of the 2. He’s a big time athlete with a good head on his shoulders, a quick first step and an ability to get above the rim. But all of that doesn’t tell you one of the most important things: He plays under control, keeps his emotions in check and just wants to help his team win. He doesn’t jaw at the officials or other players or showboat, which makes his explosiveness that much more impressive. It’s hard, as a fan of the game, not to like McClinton’s approach, and it’s not a surprise that he admires Harrison Barnes’ reputed work ethic.
He can defend multiple positions and moves very well laterally. If he can improve his consistency on his outside shooting, he’s going to really be difficult to guard and has the talent and potential to play beyond the college game.
Here’s our 7 Questions with Greg.
1. The first question (it always is): Which schools are you considering,
what offers have you received or what colleges have been communicating with you?
2. What visits have you taken or plan to take?
I have visited
I plan on visiting Miami sometime next year when I have the time.
3. What are the parts of your game that you feel are the strongest?
I feel that I do the little things. I can rebound, I have a nice pull up mid-range, I can get to the basket, and I think I’m a good defender. I have a good basketball IQ.
4. Are any coaches giving you feedback on your game, and if so,
what are they telling you they want to see?
They want me to play harder and be more consistent. They also want me to improve my shooting ability from deep.
5. What are the parts of your game you are currently working on?
I’m doing a lot of shooting and ball handling, and working on being a better finisher around the basket.
6. Can you name a current or past player or a coach (at any level)
that you may admire and why you admire them?
Harrison Barnes. I really like his game. I hear from people all the time that he has a great work ethic. I think he’s going to be a great player one day.
7. If you could tell people one thing about you that you wish
they knew, what would it be?
That I’m a good kid and I’m just trying to get better and be the best I can be.
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