McClure Ready For Senior After Duke Visit

Next year he'll won't be able to be a Cameron Crazy if Coach K puts together another version of Midnight Madness, so this season Trinity Catholic small forward Dave McClure decided to make the trip to Durham to help bring in the new season and catch up with his future teammates.

McClure arrived in Durham Friday night around 10:00 PM and immediately met up with his future roommate, DeMarcus Nelson as well as the rest of the Blue Devils as they prepared to move over to Cameron for the start of the event.

"It was pretty cool to have a chance to hang out with them in the locker room and before the event happened, it gave me a chance to see how they got mentally prepared."

Around 11:30 McClure and Nelson headed out to the court to take their seats right behind the Duke bench. The 6-foot-6 208 pound wing then spent the remaining time catching up with the California scorer.

"It was really great to talk with him again," said McClure. "It was also good to get a chance to catch up with his family because I saw his dad a bunch this summer. We're both looking forward to getting to Duke next year."

Shortly before midnight, McClure and the rest of the crowd got a special guest appearance from former Devil Jay Williams. It was something that McClure says he'll always remember as one Cameron's special moments.

"You could just feel the emotion when he came out. It's really great to see how far he's already come, and it makes you really believe that he'll make it back. You could tell the players and especially the fans that him being out there under his own power was really something special."

During his visit, McClure said he was given the chance to watch the team compete in a number of circumstances beginning with AM Mayhem's scrimmage and then during Saturday's first ‘real' practice. After being away for a while, David says he can certainly see a number of changes with this year's roster starting with his host from his official visit.

"Last time I was here, Shavlik was on crutches. Now he's not only healthy, he's huge. When I was last here he was something like 6'10 and 205. Now he's 240 and looks like he will be very good this season."

Any other observations?

"The practices were so intense. The drills they did weren't anything overly special, but the way they did everything at 100% speed and intensity is what makes Duke different from everyone else I think. One thing I noticed was how well conditoned the guys were. That's something I will definitely work on before I get to school."

McClure will be back in the triangle for the Glaxxo Tournament in late December. He will be in the house as the Devils take on the Davidson Wildcats in Cameron on the 29th at 4:00 PM.

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