“You have to be aggressive in a smart way,” Jennings said. “Limit turnovers, shoot 50% or better, attack defensively, be the first to come in and the last to go. “
Los Angeles executives obviously think highly of McClung in offering him this opportunity.
“I think the Lakers took a look at Mac McClung because of his intangibles,” said Daniel Starkland, editor of LakersNation.com. “Is he the biggest and strongest player on the pitch? No. Is he the best shooter? No. Is he the fastest? Probably not. But most of the time, no one on the pitch plays as hard and constantly shoved as Mac McClung. This energy can often be contagious, so I’m sure players love to play with it. Plus, being able to jump out of the gym unexpectedly is also something other players and coaches gravitate towards.
McClung hosted a skills camp for area children on August 29 in Kingsport, Tennessee, and there was a great turnout. Those in attendance and many more in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee will be cheering their local hero to make his mark at the highest level of the game.
Those who know McClung best have seen his constant drive and unmatched work ethic up close and realize that he will stop at nothing to fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA. There were those who didn’t think McClung would thrive at the NCAA Division I level, but he did.