McLean Sets Visit, List Taking Shape

After closing July strong, Jamal McLean is sifting through his offers. He's already got one visit in place and is working on dates for a few more.

Jamal McLean waited patiently for his turn. The fourth post man on a loaded Boo Williams team will do that to a player. After visiting Northern Illinois during the school year as a junior, McLean was wondering what was next.

"I wasn't really nervous I was kind of happy with the schools that were recruiting me," McLean said. "After the July period I was happy of course."

Basically, in the second half of the all-important month, McLean capitalized on a chance to play and won over some fans in the college basketball world.

"Boo had told us that early in the year we might not get a lot of playing time in the beginning but that at some time we'd need you," McLean said. "When my time came I knew I could contribute."

After McLean's coming out party at the Super Showcase and AAU Nationals, Xavier, Tulsa, Boston College, Miami, Pittsburgh and Winthrop began showing various degrees of interest.

All offered except for Miami and now he's focusing in on three schools.

"Right now I've done my evaluations and I have my list of schools. It's time to take my visits and see what's up. It's hard to say right (who leads) now but Pittsburgh and Tulsa and Boston College are the ones I'm really looking at."

Tulsa trailed him hard all summer. "Me and the coaches from Tulsa, we've got a special relationship," McLean said. They make you feel like you're wanted.

"Boston College is in the ACC of course and Pittsburgh they're in the Big East; I want to play against tough competition."

But does playing against tough competiton outweigh the chances of playing right away at a smaller program? McLean isn't sure.

"I think (playing early is) important to me. At Tulsa I have a chance to play right away and contribute to the team. At the other schools, it might be a process. I'm leaning toward getting a lot more playing time as opposed to trying to make my way into the program."

Last season, the standout from Hampton (Va.) Bethel averaged a double-double with 10 points and 14 boards.

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