PROVO — The BYU coaching staff was in the running for another high-profile grad transfer, Georgetown’s Mac McClung.
But Wednesday afternoon, the dynamic guard chose Texas Tech. McClung announced his decision on Twitter.
Earlier this month, McClung released a final seven schools, which included Auburn, Memphis, USC, Arkansas and Wake Forest in addition to BYU and Texas Tech.
The 6-foot-2 guard, who has a 48-inch vertical leap, averaged 15.7 points and 2.4 assists last season for the Hoyas. He played in 21 games before suffering a foot injury.
During high school, McClung gained acclaim on social media for his highlight-worthy dunks.
BYU has already landed one prized grad transfer, 7-foot-3 Matt Haarms, who transferred from Purdue. The Cougar coaching staff is still pursuing other players in the transfer portal, including guard Daivien Williamson from East Tennessee State.
BYU’s current roster features guards Alex Barcello, Connor Harding, Trevin Knell, Spencer Johnson and Jesse Wade.
Earlier this month, coach Mark Pope outlined his view of the guard line moving forward. While Barcello will play the point guard spot next season, Pope is looking ahead.
“I don’t have a player on my roster that naturally slides to the point. I have a bunch of guys that are interesting candidates. That point guard position is so incredibly important to me,” he said. “Unless you are gifted a player with the seniority and qualities of TJ Haws, it’s hard for me to bring a new person to the program and just give them the keys to the car at the point. We’re looking at maybe a transfer that might have to sit out that could take over for (Barcello) the following year. We’re thinking about all of those things.”