Swingman has Plenty of Options

And you thought the Mustafa Shakur recruiting battle was an uphill battle? <p> The Wolfpack couldn't overcome the tradition of Arizona point guards in its attempt to land Shakur, and now N.C. State will attempt to pry smooth Connecticut swingman Dave McClure away from the Dookies.

The 6-6, 205-pound McClure, who averaged 17 points and 13 boards per game this past season at Trinity Catholic, clearly favors Duke and Notre Dame at this point. However, he plans to take a visit to Villanova and N.C. State and may also head to Florida State.

"I'm looking for somewhere that can offer me a lot in both basketball and academics," said McClure, who has a 3.5 GPA. "I'm looking for a balance."

McClure made the underclassman All-Star Game last summer at the Adidas ABCD Camp and immediately big-time coaches started to take notice. He displayed a versatile game, which included being able to knock down the mid-range jumper, and also showcased an unselfish brand that is a rarity during the AAU season.

He still needs to work on his three-point range and his ballhandling skills, but he should get that chance this summer after having to play in the paint for an undersized high school team.

McClure started last summer playing with a small outfit called the Westchester Hawks, but because of his strong showing at ABCD, he was approached with an opportunity to play with the high-profile Tim Thomas Playaz. He finished the season with the Playaz and will play with them again this summer.

Villanova is the school that has been recruiting McClure the longest, but the Wolfpack got involved prior to most of the other big-name schools.

McClure has already taken official trips to both Notre Dame and Duke, and while there is some confusion over whether the Blue Devils have offered, McClure claims there is an offer on the table.

"When I spoke to (Tim Thomas Playaz) Coach Jimmy Salmons, he told me they have definitely offered," McClure said.

"I like N.C. State and will probably take a visit there," he added. "I've heard that Coach (Herb) Sendek is one of the best X's and O's coaches. I've talked to him a lot and he seems like a real good guy."

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