The state of Texas routinely produces some of the nation's top basketball talent. Four-star prospect King McClure is trying to take himself to the head of the state's class of 2015.
Over the weekend, the 6-foot-2 combo guard from Dallas (Texas) Triple A Academy found himself on the floor with two of the state's other four-star sophomores in Rockwall (Texas) High's Elijah Thomas and Austin Grandstaff. When the dust had settled, it was McClure who used his aggressive style to walk away with the victory.
"I think I played pretty good," McClure told Rivals.com. "I got to go back and forth with Austin Grandstaff and Elijah Thomas, two of the best sophomores in Texas. It felt great to go head to head with them and end up with the victory."
That battle isn't the first McClure has won against top players, and it won't be the last. One of the most aggressive and physical players in the class of 2015, he plays a relentless style of ball and feels that he has good skills to go with his toughness.
"I think me attacking the hole gives me a good advantage," McClure said. "My ball-handling skills for my size are pretty decent, and then my shot and my mid-range are pretty good, too."
Despite the fact that he's just a few games into his sophomore season, McClure has begun to attract heavy attention from college programs. The likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and others have dropped offers on him, and he still finds it a bit surreal to see big-name coaches hanging out at his school to watch him.
"It feels unbelievable," McClure said of the attention. "I walk out the locker room of my high school, and I see Billy Donovan and Rick Barnes sitting there. It's unbelievable."
Looking forward, McClure says he wants to continue to work on his point-guard skills because at his size he knows he'll need them. Also, he's starting to think about what he'll look for in a college program, and things like coaching style, who will be there at his position and style of play top his list, even if he isn't in any kind of hurry to make a decision.
"I'm going to take time," McClure said of making a college choice. "I don't want to rush into something and then when I get there it's not what I expected."
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