Daily Headlines: Viral star McClung withdraws from draft, intends to transfer

The NCAA Basketball transfer market heated up in a big way on Thursday afternoon, as social media superstar Mac McClung decided to not test the NBA Draft waters, removing his name from consideration and entering the transfer portal, opting to leave the Georgetown Hoyas. McClung, a rising junior, was an integral part of the Hoyas, averaging 13.1 points per game in his freshman campaign, before the guard averaged 15.7 points per game, to go with 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 steals as a sophomore, playing just 21 games due to injury. McClung rose to fame via viral dunking videos during high school, and he figures to eventually be drafted, but for now, he will continue playing at the collegiate level, and he’s certain to have no shortage of teams vying for his services in the 2020-2021 season. 

SEC sets May 22 voting date

The SEC announced that their presidents and chancellors were scheduled to meet virtually and vote on whether to allow their schools to reopen their athletic facilities in June. In the conference’s initial response to the coronavirus pandemic, they shut down all athletic activities through May, but no further announcement had been made by the conference, although a few schools, with Arkansas in particular making headlines, had announced their intentions to start the football season as scheduled. The May 22 vote would allow facilities to re-open, but it was specified that it was too early to determine the potential ability for teams to hold walk-throughs or practices. 

NCAA basketball exploring shot clock replay rule

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee proposed a rule that would ideally cut down on officiating errors, suggesting that referees can review plays which they whistled dead to a shot clock violation. While they are currently allowed to review to see if they failed to call a shot clock violation, they are presently permitted to undo a shot clock violation called. The Rules Committee says it threatens the integrity of the game, particularly by potentially wiping away legal game-winners by a decision that has to be made in a split-second. 

They also suggested resetting the shot clock any time the offensive team retains possession in the front court – the rule currently allows the shot clock to reset if the offense collects a rebound. If the proposed expansion of the rule is allowed, if the ball goes out off a defensive player and the team with the ball retains possession, the shot clock can be reset to 20 seconds or the prior time remaining, whichever is greater. 

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