Most Duke graduates enter the working world with an impressive résumé. 2004 Blue Devil signee David McClure is ahead of the game. His résumé is pretty decorated already. The 6-foot-6 forward helped lead his Trinity Catholic (Conn.) team to their third state title in four years but that isn’t the only amazing accomplishment.
McClure, the No. 86 player on the Rivals150, went an amazing 101-7 in his four year career at Trinity Catholic, winning three state titles along the way. His latest title came last Saturday night in a 69-67 victory over Crosby-Waterbury. But it wasn’t easy.
Down 16 points in the third quarter, Trinity Catholic got some much needed production from the least likely of candidates. Josh Smith, the seventh man off the bench, came in and swiped two steals, had two putbacks and a block and helped spark a 6-0 run to close the period. Then the Crusaders connected on back to back three pointers to open the fourth quarter to help close the gap even closer.
With the game clock winding down, Trinity’s Chris Scrouger lofted up a three pointer but missed everything. His shot didn’t go in vain though, as Garrett James caught the errant shot and put in the game winning as time expired.
“Right now, I’m just living high after (winning the state title). I keep replaying the game over and over again in my head. We weren’t going to give it away. It was just like the NC State game when they won the national championship.”
Despite having two titles already in the bag, this final one is the sweetest, he says.
“This one is definitely the best one. When I was a freshman, we were the underdog and I wasn’t really playing a lot of minutes. My sophomore year, we lost by two in the state title game. I’ll always remember that one. And my junior year we were highly favored and we controlled the game,” he said.
“But this one, this one was the sweetest. Most of us have been playing together since the sixth grade and then the rest of the team hooked up with us in ninth grade. It’s just unbelievable.”
McClure, who helped Trinity Catholic go on a 52-game winning streak, will now focus on his next task at hand - Duke University.