March 30, 2012

Wake tops McClinton's list

Except for a rough two years in the win-loss column Wake Forest has nearly everything else going well in its pursuit of local Winston-Salem Prep standout, Greg McClinton.

Louisville and Xavier are also pushing the 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward hard for his services, but with Wake almost a stone's throw away from McClinton's home the 2013 prospect said that kind of gives the Demon Deacons an edge.

"Growing up I always liked Wake Forest," McClinton said. "I probably talk to their [Wake Forest] coaches every day if not every other day. I mostly talk to Coach [Rusty] LaRue or Coach [Jeff] Bzdelik."

It is also to the Deacs favor that LaRue coached McClinton at Forsyth Country Day at least for familiarity sake.

"Me and Coach Rusty have a good relationship," McClinton said.

He hopes to choose a school sometime in the summer or by the beginning of his senior year.

The Winston-Salem native was at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh Saturday, March 24 for ESPN senior basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge. McClinton averaged 11.3 points in three games at the one-day event.

Length and athleticism are two of his greatest attributes as a wing, making him a defensive stalwart on the perimeter and lethal on the fast-break.

"I get up and down the court, rebound," McClinton said. "I just do the things a wing should do. I get to the basket pretty well. I would say I have to get stronger and shooting is some of my weaknesses, but other than that I can get up and down the floor and play."

He averaged 16.4 points, eight rebounds, two steals, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per game to lead Winston-Salem Prep to a 31-1 record and a state championship crown.

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