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McClung’s return to competition in hands of trainers 

Kevin Mays • Jan 4, 2019 at 12:28 AM

Will he or won’t he?

That’s the question surrounding former Gate City phenom and Georgetown freshman sensation Mac McClung.

The question concerns the prospect of McClung getting back on the basketball court Saturday when the Hoyas take on St. John’s in a nationally televised game on CBS.

McClung, who led Gate City to the VHSL Class 2 state championship last season, has already grabbed headlines for his high-flying dunks and solid play through 12 games at Georgetown.

Among his accolades, McClung scored 38 points against Arkansas — Little Rock, which earned him college basketball’s freshman of the week award.

McClung, the highest point producer in VHSL history, has grabbed plenty of headlines at Georgetown, but the latest ones have focused on his health.

Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing said McClung’s injury is a sprained ankle and he’s not sure when the player will get back on the court. Speaking at a recent press conference, Ewing said he would leave that decision up to the trainers.

McClung has missed Georgetown’s last two games.

Through his first 12 appearances on the NCAA Division I level, McClung is averaging 25.3 minutes per game and is scoring an average of 12.3 points per contest.

OTHER LOCALS AT THE NEXT LEVEL

While McClung is enjoying great success at Georgetown, former Eastside star Luke Lawson is also getting some time on the court at UNC-Asheville.

Lawson is a key player in the rotation for the Bulldogs, coming off the bench to contribute valuable playing time in the middle.

Lawson is averaging 11.6 minutes and 2.0 points per game for 2-12 UNC-Asheville.

Up the road in Virginia, James Madison senior Logan Reynolds is still contributing for the Dukes.

Reynolds, a team captain at JMU, is playing about 22.5 minutes per game.

The former Wise Central star is averaging 1.7 points per game, along with 3.2 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals.

Emory & Henry junior Sydney McKinney is enjoying solid success on the NCAA Division III level.

The former Union standout is averaging 20.9 minutes, 11.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

HUGE MILESTONE

Gate City senior Zac Ervin will be playing NCAA Division I basketball next season at Wofford. In the meantime, Ervin is enjoying a strong season with the defending state champion Blue Devils.

On Wednesday, Ervin reached a prep milestone that most will not achieve. He scored his 2,000th point. With a half-season and the postseason left to play, Ervin will likely be in even more rare territory. He is on course to finish as one of the top 10 scorers in VHSL history.

BASKETBALL TOP SIX PICKS

District play has started in earnest in Southwest Virginia. With a lot of play against rivals comes a few upsets. Here’s a look at the Top Six Picks for both boys and girls. Included are the team, last week’s ranking and current record.

BOYS TOP SIX

1) Gate City (1) 7-2

2) Eastside (2) 11-1

3) Wise Central (3) 8-4

4) J.I. Burton (5) 6-3

5) John Battle (4) 7-3

6) Grundy (NR) 7-1

GIRLS TOP SIX

1) Wise Central (3) 8-3

2) Honaker (NR) 7-1

3) Ridgeview (2) 9-2

4) Gate City (6) 7-2

5) Union (1) 7-1

6) Lebanon (4) 8-2

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