McClure Returns From Colorado and USA Camp

Heading into a big week that includes the two major shoe camps, future Blue Devil David McClure continues the long road back from an early summer bout with mono. The 6-foot-6 wing says he's back to around 90%, and hopes that this coming week at ABCD will offer him a chance to prove some of his doubters wrong.

Many of those doubters began their criticisms at the Gibbons Tournament of Champions back in May, only to continue up through the USA Basketball Camp last week in Colorado. However McClure says he's not affected by those who continue to only find flaws in his game, especially those who were critical of last week's performance on the stat sheet(s).

"I think I played pretty well out there," said McClure. "For the amount of minutes I played I think I was able to produce pretty well. Our team really lacked size, so I had to play down low a bunch against a lot of bigger guys. When I had the chance to get on the wing I thought I played pretty well, here was one game that I scored in double figures and had a lot of rebounds too, but playing most of the time in the paint made it tough to really put up a lot of numbers."

While McClure was battling down low in the games, in between the contests he had a chance to check out some of the other of the nation's top prospects.

"Shaun Livingston is really, really good and so is Sebastian [Telfair]," he said. "Kalen Grimes out of St Louis is a beast under the basket, I couldn't move him when I had to guard him, and Mike Williams is also pretty good."

In addition to the chance to see the other prospects, McClure said he also had a chance to watch and meet fellow Duke commitment Demarcus Nelson for the first time.

"It was actually the first time we had a chance to meet each other. It was good to get a chance to hang out with him and get to know him off the court. He's really personable. On the court he's a great player. He's very confident and strong when he's playing. I mean he's 6-foot-2 and he weighs as much as I do."

On the topic of weight gain, McClure indicated that he is back to around 205 pounds which is still a bit lighter than he wants to be, especially based on his Colorado defensive assignments.

"I'd like to play around 215 or so. Out there the average guy I was guarding was around 225 pounds and most of them were around my height. I am still trying to gain the weight back and now that I am finally healthy it's going a lot better."

So what did the future Blue Devil gain out of a week at the USA Development Festival?

"I'm really just trying to build my mental confidence up. I really feel like I can do a lot of things on the court in terms of where and how I can play. I can hit a jumper or can go to the basket. I just need to continue to work on my overall game to be successful."

Though he has already taken his official visit to Duke, McClure says he will be in the triangle area for the annual Glaxo Christmas Tournament with his high school team. He's also just been cleared to return to action with his AAU team, the Playaz.

The rest of McClure's summer schedule includes a stop at the ABCD camp in New Jersey, then a trip to the Three Stripe event, the Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas, and then a few days at the Five Star Camp.

After all that it's only a short senior year away from lacing them up for the Blue Devils, there's just one problem. "I usually wear number fifteen, but that's already taken [by Sean Dockery], so I'll have to work that out."

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