McClure To Baylor, says SMU was "too close"

King McClure committed to Baylor. Omar talked with him about why & where that leaves his Texas Titans teammates.

In front of a large crowd at Triple A Academy this morning, class of 2015 four-star shooting guard King McClure committed to play college basketball at Baylor.

McClure is listed as 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and a member of the Texas Titans in AAU. After receiving numerous offers from major programs all over the country, McClure had narrowed his list down to just Baylor, SMU, Kansas, UCLA, and Arkansas before finalizing his decision.

"It was very tough," McClure said. "It was very hard and very tedious. I didn't want to waste anybody's time. I knew where I wanted to go, so I didn't want to take advantage of these coaches when they could be recruiting somebody who might actually go there."

McClure studied each programs depth-chart before making his decision. When asked which school finished second to Baylor, McClure was quick to compliment the job Larry Brown has done at SMU.

"SMU, definitely. Coach Larry Brown is one of the greatest of all time to ever coach in the sport of basketball," McClure said. "He is a Hall of Famer, so I definitely liked Coach Brown and SMU. It was just a little too close. I have respect for all the coaches that recruited me. I hope my relationship with them doesn't die away."

McClure made his decision a week before Easter Sunday when Baylor coach Scott Drew and his staff visited Triple A Academy in a limo. However, McClure waited until last night to call Drew and the other coaches who had recruited him and inform them of his decision.

"I called Larry Brown last night to tell him my decision, but he didn't answer," McClure said. "I was watching the Mavericks playoff game and saw him on TV, so that's probably why. I also tried to call him this morning but he didn't answer. He was probably asleep. I tried about two or three times but I guess he will hear about it now."

McClure's fellow classmates were polled on where they thought McClure would end up before he took off his jacket and revealed a Baylor shirt. SMU finished third with 9 votes behind Baylor (117 votes) and Texas (15 votes) amongst the crowd.

McClure's friend, and SMU target, Elijah Thomas was also in attendance for the announcement. The five-star big man from the class of 2015 didn't want to comment on his recruitment, but said he was proud of McClure for choosing where he wanted to go.

McClure was complimentary of every school that recruited him and reiterated how thankful he was numerous times. In the end, however, he says Baylor just seemed like the perfect fit.

"Coach Drew had been on me since the 8th grade and came at me with everything. He told me I could come in there and make an impact on his program immediately," McClure said. "It's also just an hour and a half away from home, so it's not too far but not too close. It was the perfect distance. It's going to stick because we based the decision off the best fit for me. Not who is hot right now. My heart said this was the right place."

McClure has lost 15 pounds in the last of couple weeks while on the paleo diet. He says his body feels great and he can't wait to play in the Dallas EYBL with his Texas Titan teammates. He also hopes to attract a couple of those teammates to Waco with him.

"I'm trying to bring Tyler Davis and D.J. Hogg with me. Baylor has visited them both and they both really like Baylor a lot," McClure said. "It's just a matter of getting all of us to convince them to come. If Tyler comes, I'm pretty sure DJ will come, too."

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