Written by Corbett Smith
King McClure of Triple A Academy announces commitment to Baylor over Kansas, SMU, others
During a ceremony in Triple A Academy’s McClure Athletic Complex, four-star junior guard King McClure announced that he’d selected Baylor over a bevy of other suitors — including finalists SMU, Arkansas, Kansas and UCLA.
“I didn’t want to waste anybody’s time, you know,” McClure said about the timing of his decision. “I pretty much knew where I wanted to go … and I didn’t want to take advantage of these coaches, where they could be recruiting somebody that actually had the potential of going there.”
The 6-3, 200-pound McClure — ranked No. 37 in the nation for the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com — has starred for the south Dallas charter school since he was a freshman. He was named SportsDay’s newcomer of the year in 2011. This season, he averaged 21.6 points and five rebounds.
Over the last two seasons, however, McClure has missed both of Triple A’s runs in the UIL playoffs, dislocating his kneecap in 2012 and suffering a bone bruise in the 2013 regular-season finale against Madison.
McClure said that Baylor had all five elements he was looking for in a school: solid academics, “great athletics,” a good relationship with the coach, a system that was suited to his skill set, and the ability to “make an impact immediately.”
Baylor coach Scott Drew — who arrived at the school with some of his assistants in a limo a little over two weeks ago — had been recruiting McClure since the eighth grade, McClure said.
“He’s come at me with everything,” McClure said.