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THE LIST: Class of 2015 Rivals150
For most of the spring and summer, one of the nation's top scorers in the class of 2015 was sidelined by a knee injury. Now, five-star King McClure is working to make sure that he makes a full comeback.
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A 6-foot-3 shooting guard at Dallas (Texas) AAA Academy, McClure currently ranks No. 14 in the class of 2015. He did make a return to play with the Texas Titans at the Peach Jam, but after that he was focused on getting healthy.
A month ago, McClure suffered a minor setback in his recovery but he's getting closer to 100% now and feels he's made some positive changes.
"My shooting has gotten a lot better and my overall IQ too," McClure told Rivals.com. "Knowing what to do in certain situations, I'm understanding where to put the ball, where to go and knowing how to control the game."
McClure has also learned that he can't always rely on athleticism and strength.
"I used to be real explosive and real athletic and everything," said McClure. "Since the injury I've had to learn how to play without my explosiveness. I've slowed down and learned to think the game instead of just acting on the game."
One of the strongest players in the class of 2015, McClure can score in bunches. He gets to the rim, he finishes through contact and he can go on a run with his jumper. To this point he has played primarily at the two but he is starting to think about what he may need to be able to do down the road but will ultimately leave where he plays up to his future coach and won't make demands.
"I think down the road I can possibly be a one," said McClure. "But it's really whatever the coach wants because I have the body and athleticism to guard a two. It's whatever a coach needs I'll leave it up to him."
So far in his recruitment, McClure says that the efforts of Arkansas, Baylor and Kansas stand out. UCLA recently offered, Texas remains a major presence and others like Texas A&M and Stanford are in the mix. Duke and North Carolina have inquired with his coaches but McClure won't consider their interest serious until they start showing up to watch him.
During the fall, McClure checked out Kansas and Baylor.
"I went to Late Night in the Phog at Kansas," said McClure. "It was great. It was an unbelievable experience. When I got there it was like 5,000 people waiting outside and they had to turn down like 10,000 people to get in and there was already 16,000 people inside it was crazy."
Scott Drew and the Bears left an impression this fall as well.
"I've been to Baylor two times in the fall," said McClure. "The relationship with them is great. Coach Drew, Coach Tang are all real cool guys, good guys. All of those guys there, we are building a strong relationship."
As he works to get back to 100% and have a big junior year, McClure says that there are days where he feels like he is real close to ending his recruitment. On others, he feels like he needs to take more time. When he does decide, finding the coach he feels can get the most out of him will be important.
"I'm looking for whatever coach can make me better and whatever coach can elevate my game to the next level," said McClure. "Whatever coach can help me play the way I know I can play and help me reach my full potential."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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