HEADER JACK McCLINTON Shooting Guard/Point Guard University of Miami Hurricanes #33 5:11.6-185 Baltimore, Maryland Siena College South Kent Prep School Calvert Hall High School
OVERVIEW The first player in Miami basketball history to earn All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors, McClinton spent most of his Hurricanes career proving doubters wrong. The Skip Prosser Award winner has been a model of consistency since joining the program in 2006-07 after playing his freshman year at Siena College.
Playing in a conference that has been basically a factory for producing NBA players and college All-Americans, it is understandable that McClinton played under the radar for most of his Miami career. He departs for the NBA as the Atlantic Coast Conference record-holder in 3-point field goal percentage (44.0 percent) and second all-time in free throw percentage (90.0 percent).
At Calvert Hall High School, McClinton was an All-MIAA and All-Catholic League selection as a senior, averaging 19.5 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block per game. He helped his team advance to the playoffs four straight seasons.
Prior to embarking on his college career, he attended South Kent School, where the Eastern Invitational MVP averaged 18.4 points per game. The team compiled a 28-10 record and the combo guard was ranked among the top 60 prep school players in the nation.
In 2004-05, McClinton enrolled at Siena. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team pick was named the league's Rookie of the Week six times. He started 23 of 30 games as a freshman, averaging 13.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He was the team's leader in points (408), assists (82), defensive rebounds (122), 3-point field goals made (46), free throws made (88), field goals made (137), free throw percentage (.815), 3-point field goal percentage (.357) and minutes played (32.3).
McClinton sat out the 2005-06 season under NCAA transfer rules after enrolling at the University of Miami. He was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference third-team choice in 2006-07, starting 22 of 32 games played, averaging a team-high 16.7 points per game. He shot an ACC-high 44.0 percent (91-207) from beyond the arc, which ranked as the sixth-best season 3-point percentage in UM history.
He led the ACC with an .895 free throw percentage (102-114), setting a new school mark that he would break the following year. He also set the school record for 3-pointers in a season with 91 treys and led the team in field goal attempts (403), field goals made (163) and minutes per game (31.5).
In 2007-08, McClinton became the first Hurricane to ever earn All-ACC first-team honors. He was the only ACC first-team pick to also earn 2008 All-ACC Academic accolades and was named the league's co-Most Valuable Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. The team MVP posted an ACC-leading .919 free-throw percentage, which ranked third in the nation and is also the third-highest percentage in conference history.
McClinton led the league with 2.9 3-point field goals per game (44th in the nation), while ranking second with a 42.7 percent 3-point field goal accuracy (29th in the nation) and fourth in the ACC with a team-high 17.7 points per game (80th in the nation).
As a senior, McClinton was again chosen to the All-ACC first-team. The three-time ACC Player of the Week led the league and ranked third nationally with a 45.3 three-point field goal percentage. His .885 free throw percentage is the fourth-best season mark in school history. He averaged 19.3 points per game, becoming just the fourth player in school history to amass more than 600 points (617) in a campaign. He also closed out his career with a string of 62 consecutive games with at least one successful 3-point shot.
McClinton drew considerable praise from opposing coaches throughout his final campaign, especially after he totaled more than 30 points in three straight games. That string began with 35 points that included 6 of 10 shooting from three-point range vs. Wake Forest, prompting the Demon Deacons coach, Dino Guadio to remark, "I thought McClinton had one of the very best performances I've seen in many, many years in this league. He creates tremendous space when he steps back and he has deep range. One of the best performances I've seen in my eight years in the ACC...I just think he's one of the best shooters in the country."
In his next game, McClinton registered 34 points, as he made five treys vs. Duke. Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski told the media after the game: "McClinton was spectacular. The shot he hit with two guys on him was just a big-time shot. I stopped to mention a couple things to him because that's not luck. The kid is just a great player, a great shooter... His shots can be intimidating and change a game -- not just score-wise, but just the verve that he takes it with and the confidence. He's one of the best."
Against eventual national champion North Carolina, the Miami guard collected 35 points as he tied his career-best by making seven three-point shots. "He's the leading 3-point shooter in ACC history. I'd say that says right there how really doggone good he is...The first basket he made right in front of us was unbelievable. To go one way and turn around and shoot a turnaround jump shot basically from three or four feet behind the line and do nothing but net ... I'm thinking, 'My goodness,' " coach Roy Williams said.
At the 2009 NCAA Tournament, McClinton was named the recipient of the Skip Prosser Award, emblematic of the top scholar-athlete in men's basketball. "Jack McClinton is the quintessential student-athlete," said Miami head coach Frank Haith. "He has an unparalleled work ethic that translates from the classroom to the basketball court, and he does not let anything detract from his determination and drive to succeed in all that he does. He has surpassed all of my expectations and has become one of the best players in ACC history -- which is quite an achievement. Jack is the total package and has been a joy to coach."
2008-09 SEASON All-American third-team selection by The NBA Draft Report...Earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors for the second-straight season, as the Bob Cousy Award candidate (nation's top point guard) was also named to the conference All-Academic team...Recipient of the 2009 Skip Prosser Award, emblematic of the top scholar-athlete in men's basketball...Three-time ACC Player of the Week pick, the first Hurricane to ever accomplish that feat...Scored a career-high 617 points (seventh on the school season-record list) for a 19.3-point average, as McClinton hit on 200 of 445 field goals (44.9 percent), as he set the school season-record with 101 3-pointers made (223 attempts), shooting an ACC-best 45.3 percent from the perimeter (fifth-best in Miami annals)...Successful on 88.5 percent of his free throws (fourth-best percentage in Miami history), connecting on 116 of 131 free throws...Started 31 of 32 games, logging 1,030 minutes of action...Grabbed 99 rebounds (3.1 per game) to go with 84 turnovers, 52 personal fouls, two game disqualifications and one blocked shot...Handed out 91 assists (2.8 per game) and had 24 steals (0.8 per game)...Scored in double figures 30 times, setting a school record with three straight 30-plus point performances (vs. Wake Forest, Duke and North Carolina)...Scored over 20 points in 16 contests.
2007-08 SEASON Became the first men's basketball player in Miami history to earn All-ACC first-team honors...Was the only ACC first-team pick to also earn 2008 All-ACC Academic Team accolades...Named the ACC's co-Most Valuable Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com... Selected the team's Most Valuable Player at year-end banquet...Posted an ACC-leading 91.9 percent free-throw percentage, which ranked third in the nation and is also the third-highest percentage in ACC history (114 of 124)...Also led the league with 2.9 three-point field goals per game (44th in the nation), while ranking second with 42.7 percent 3-point field goal accuracy (29th in the nation, making 94 of 220 shots) and fourth in the ACC with a team-high 17.7 points per game (80th in the nation, 566 total points)...Also ranked fourth in the ACC with an 18.8-point average in league contests...Scored in double figures in 28 of 32 games, including 11 20-plus point scoring efforts and three of at least 30 points...Hit on 179 of 418 field goals (42.8 percent) as he averaged 2.4 rebounds (77), 2.6 assists (82), 0.8 steals (24) and 2.5 turnovers (79) per game...Charged with 58 personal fouls that included one disqualification...Sank at least three 3-pointers 19 times, including in 13 of the last 19 games.
2006-07 SEASON All-ACC third-team selection, as McClinton started 22 of 32 games played, averaging a team-high 16.7 points per game (519) in his first season with the Hurricanes...Shot an ACC-high 44.0 percent (91-207) from beyond the arc, which ranked as the sixth-best single-season 3-point percentage in UM history...Also led the ACC with an 89.5 percent free throw percentage (102-114), setting a new Miami single-season record, while also breaking the school record for 3-pointers made in a season with 91 treys...Led the team in field goal attempts (403), field goals made (163) and minutes per game (31.5)... Scored 20 or more points in 10 games, tying for eighth in the ACC, and 15 or more points on 20 occasions...Averaged 15.6 points per game in league play...Contributed 21.0 points per game during his first nine outings as a Hurricane...Led the team in scoring 19 times...Hit at least half of his three-point attempts 15 times..
2005-06 SEASON Enrolled at the University of Miami, sitting out the season under NCAA transfer rules.
2004-05 SEASON Sienna: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team selection and a six-time MAAC Rookie of the Week choice in his only season at Siena College...Started 23 of 30 games as a fresh-man, as he averaged 13.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, and was the team's leader in points (408), assists (82), defensive rebounds (122), 3-point field goals made (46), free throws made (88), field goals made (137), free throw percentage (.815), 3-point field goal percentage (.357) and minutes played (32.3)...First Siena freshman in over a decade to score 30 points in a game...Averaged 16.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists over the final 21 games...Scored in double figures 18 times, including seven 20-plus point efforts...Recorded three double-doubles...Only player on the team to average 30 minutes a game...Led all MAAC rookies in scoring with 16.4 points a game...Led the team in scoring 15 times and was team leader eight times in assists and rebounding.
CAREER NOTES McClinton appeared in 125 games during his collegiate career, earning 106 starting assignments during stops at Siena (30 games/23 starts) and Miami (95 games/83 starts)...Logged 3,982 minutes of action in college, scoring 2,110 points (16.9 per game) on 679 of 1,590 field goals (42.7 percent), 332 of 779 3-pointers (42.6 percent) and 420 of 477 free throws (88.1 percent)...Registered 403 rebounds (3.2 per game), 321 assists (2.6 per game), 104 steals (0.8 per game), four blocked shots and 316 turnovers...In 95 games at Miami, McClinton averaged 17.9 points per game, as his 1,702 total points rank seventh in school history...As a Hurricane, he shot 42.8 percent from the field, as his 542 field goals made (1,266 attempts) placed 10th on the school career-record list...Set the Hurricane and Atlantic Coast Conference all-time records by making 44.0 percent of his 3-point attempts (650 total at Miami), topping the previous ACC mark of 43.6 percent by Rodney Monroe of North Carolina State (322 of 739, 1988-91) and the UM record of 42.4 percent by Thomas Hocker (53 of 125, 1987-90)...His 542 3-point shots made topped the previous Miami all-time record of 265 by Steven Edwards (1992-96)...Holds the conference and school record by making at least one 3-point shot in 62 consecutive games...Was successful on 90.0 percent of his free throws at Miami (332 of 369), topping the old school career-record of 87.7 percent by Dod Hammond (64 of 73, 1959-60), as that percentage placed him second in ACC annals behind J.J. Redick of Duke (91.2 percent, 662 of 726, 2003-06)...Became the fourth player in school history to score over 600 points in a season (617 in 2008-09)...Holds the top three spots on the school season-record list for three-point field goals made, connecting on 101 in 2008-09, 94 in 2007-08 and 91 in 2006-07...Also holds three of the top four free throw percentages in a season by a Hurricane, hitting on 91.9 percent of his shots in 2007-08 (school record), 89.5 percent in 2006-07 (third) and 88.5 percent in 2008-09 (fourth)...Made seven 3-point field goals against Virginia (2008), North Carolina (2009) and Providence (2009 NCAA Tournament, a school postseason game-record), as only Johnny Hemsley (9 vs. Lafayette, 1999) and Samarr Logan (8 vs. Boston College, 1990) were successful on more 3-pointers in a game for Miami...Earned Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week honors three times in 2008-09, the most ever by a Miami player in a season...Scored at least 30 points in three consecutive games in 2009 (32 vs. Wake Forest, 34 vs. Duke and 35 vs. North Carolina), the only ACC player to accomplish that feat in 2008-09 and the first Hurricane to do that since Eric Brown (1988-89).
HIGH SCHOOL At Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.) High School, McClinton played basketball for head coach Raphael Chillions...An All-MIAA and All-Catholic League selection as a senior, averaging 19.5 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block per game...Helped his team advanced to the playoffs all four seasons he was at the school.
PREP SCHOOL: Prior to embarking on his college career, he attended South Kent (Conn.) Prep School, where the Eastern Invitational MVP and All-Hudson Valley Athletic League selection averaged 18.4 points per game...The team compiled a 28-10 record and the combo guard was ranked among the top 60 prep school players in the nation while playing for head coach Mark Anatucci.
INJURY REPORT No injuries reported.
PERSONAL Sports Administration major, twice earning Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team honors...2009 recipient of the Skip Prosser Award, emblematic of the top scholar-athlete in men's basketball...Nicknamed "J-Mac"...Born 1/19/85...Resides in Baltimore, Maryland.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Lacks ideal size for a shooting guard, but has the wingspan (6-feet-2 1/2), standing reach (8 feet) and vertical leap (36 1/2 inches), plus the lane agility (clocked a Chicago pre-draft camp-best 10.44 seconds) to compensate...Valid long-range shooter who is very dangerous on the perimeter...Shows a quick, high release and a smooth stroke from NBA 3-point range (Atlantic Coast Conference all-time leader, making 44 percent of his treys during his ACC career)...Demonstrates the footwork, elevation and ability to get spacing needed to execute an uncontested pull-up jumper and shows classic shooting mechanics, capable of connecting from anywhere on the court...Has the natural hands to catch-and-shoot, aggressively driving to the basket and drawing contact to get to the foul line (second in ACC history, making 90 percent of his free throws)...Has a consistent motor and great court speed, whether pushing the ball up court or getting back to defend along the perimeter...Has an array of moves to the basket, but seems most comfortable utilizing floaters in the lane...Excellent outside shooter with good loft and quick release to fire the ball over a face-up defender...Needs to add strength, but is effective trying to penetrate in the paint and draw contact on the way to the rim... His outstanding free throw percentage has shown he has the ability to covert fouls into positive points...Has the lateral agility to slip under and weave through traffic on the way to the rim...Shows a predominantly strong right hand to feather the ball in and can finish in transition to score on the layup...Uses his leaping ability well to go for the rebound or on up-and-under moves around the rim...Has fluid shooting mechanics and is capable of creating his own shot and separating himself while keeping the defender off balance (has the hesitation moves to get the defenders to leave their feet)...Uses his length and elevation well to score over the taller opponents...When he gets to the basket, he is capable of executing finger rolls with either hand (more of a right-handed shooter from outside).
Negatives: More of a shooting guard than a point man, but lacks bulk, length and size to play the "2" position at the NBA level...Has a shooting guard's mentality and just adequate passing skills, as he is not consistent locating the open teammate (would rather shoot than pass, making him a better off-guard than a point man)...Has good court speed, but does not always show an explosive first step when penetrating the lane...Can be fooled along the perimeter when the opponent executes good pump fakes or hesitation moves and will generally lose his position (takes a side mostly rather than facing up)...His lack of size causes him to struggle defending vs. NBA-type two-guards and his adequate ball-handling skills will relegate him to role-playing duties rather than serving as a team's primary point man unless he adds bulk and strength...Must do a better job distributing the ball, as he gets too conscious of taking the shot, leaving his teammates out of the action often...Has natural leaping ability, but at his size, he won't be able to contest shots when taking on bigger wings.
Compares To: SALIM STOUDAMIRE, Milwaukee -- McClinton is a shooting guard trapped in a point guard's body, but he is likely to fit best as a role player coming off the bench in the NBA. He was one of the most lethal shooters in college basketball and even though he lacks the strength to attack the basket vs. the more physical NBA defenders, he is highly effective converting at the foul line. He has very good agility and quickness (tops at the Chicago pre-draft camp at 10.44) and demonstrates good pump fakes and hesitation moves to make his attempts the perimeter. A team looking for instant offense from the outside could end up with a nice change of pace scorer coming off the bench.