McClung passed over in NBA draft

Former Texas Tech star Mac McClung of Gate City signed a free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mac McClung’s basketball plans took a detour Thursday. However, it didn’t take him long to get his NBA deal.

After not being selected in the NBA draft — which consists of two rounds and 60 total picks — the former Texas Tech and Georgetown star from Gate City wasted little time in signing as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Thank you God for the opportunity! Let’s go to work,” McClung posted early Friday morning on Twitter.

McClung announced in May that he would “chase his dreams” and not to return to Texas Tech, where he enjoyed a solid season after transferring from Georgetown.

According to several published reports, McClung signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Lakers. The contract allows McClung to participate with the Lakers’ training camp, while the team will control his G-League rights.

McClung will get his shot to show what he can do by playing in the Las Vegas Summer League.

ROAD TO THE LAKERS

McClung, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged a team-best 15.5 points for the Red Raiders — shooting 34.3% from 3-point range — this past season and was the coaches’ unanimous choice as the Big 12 newcomer of the year.

He was a first-team All-Big 12 pick by The Associated Press and a second-teamer on the coaches’ all-conference squad.

McClung’s success at the college level carried over from his dominating play at the high school level.

He was the VHSL 2018 Class 2 player of the year after leading Gate City to the state championship. He scored 2,801 points during his high school career, the most in VHSL history.

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