Eli Boettger | @boettger_eli | 05/14/20
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Here are the three things you need to know for May 14.
Mac McClung transfers
The nightmare offseason continues for Georgetown. After the Hoyas stumbled to a disappointing 5-13 record in Big East play this past season, things have only gotten worse. On Wednesday, Mac McClung announced that he will remove his name from NBA consideration and instead transfer out of the university. McClung has heard from a number of schools, including Florida, Auburn, Texas A&M, USC, Tennessee, Gonzaga, Arizona State and others.
McClung (15.7 ppg) joins Omer Yurtseven (15.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg), Terrell Allen (9.5 ppg), Jagan Mosely (8.2 ppg) and James Akinjo (13.4 ppg) as notable departures from the ’19-20 squad. The work is cut out for Patrick Ewing’s staff in ’20-21, where the Hoyas are just 49-46 over the past three seasons with zero NCAA Tournament appearances.
Wake Forest snags shooter
With a dire need to land players and build a roster for the fall, Steve Forbes landed a coveted transfer commodity in former UNLV wing Jonah Antonio. The 6-5 Australian native averaged 6.9 points per game and started 13 of his 25 appearances this past season with the Rebels.
The well-traveled guard has made several stops throughout his college career. Antonio’s career started with Mount St. Mary’s before transferring to South Plains C.C. (Texas) and then landing at UNLV this past season. The grad transfer should provide a boost on the perimeter.
NBA withdrawal date postponed
The NCAA announced Wednesday that the withdrawal date for the NBA Draft has been postponed. Originally scheduled for June 3, the new deadline has been pushed back indefinitely for underclassmen to pull their name from consideration.
“This modification is being made with the health and well-being of our student-athletes in mind,” the NCAA release said. Additionally, the Division-I recruiting dead period has been extended through the end of June and will be reviewed once again on May 27.
Eli Boettger is a college basketball writer and founder of HeatCheckCBB.com. He has previously worked for Sporting News, DAZN and USA TODAY SMG.
Boettger’s content has been featured by Bleacher Report, NBC Sports, FiveThirtyEight, Yahoo Sports, Athletic Director University, Washington Post, Illinois Law Review and Notre Dame Law Review, among other publications. Boettger is also a current USBWA member and Rockin’ 25 voter.