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King McClure Balances Basketball and Books
by Garrett Tucker, Future150 (10:07 AM CT, Sun July 8, 2012)
Garrett Tucker
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Future150 Southeast Analyst. Covering high school basketball across the Southeast.

Dallas, TX (Future150) -- The 2015 class is loaded at the top with talented players, ranging from big men to guards. While they are all talented, they may not be as gifted as King McClure.

McClure, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard out of Triple-A Academy in Ovilla, Texas, is one of the better shooting guards in the ccountry. But his life isn't all about the game, either.

"I have a 3.9 GPA and I am a member of the National Honor Society," McClure commented via phone. "My favorite subject is geometry."

Despite being one of the top players his age, he is also very talented in the classroom, something other players his age do not understand. 

However, he still puts a lot of time in the gym after studying, of course.

"King spends a lot of time in the gym in his free time, but he realizes the importance of his academics," his father, Leroy, assured.

With that being said, when it comes to a college decision down the road, academics will be a major part of the McClure family's decision.

"Graduation rate will be very important to me," King explained. "But I also want my style of basketball. I like to get up and down the floor. I also would like to play immediately during my freshman year."

At this point, McClure has a ton of schools coming at him. From the Pac-12 to the SEC, from the Big 12 to the ACC, schools from across the country are wanting to throw their hat into the mix for King McClure. 

"We are taking the recruiting process very slowly right now," Leroy said. "King is just enjoying playing the game and AAU season."

While it means nothing as far as interest or leaders, McClure has visited Oklahoma State once and Baylor twice recently.

Many schools are impressed by King's talented guard skills that would fit their style of play.

"I think my ball-handling and speed are my biggest strengths right now. I feel like my mid-range shot is good, too."

Nevertheless, despite his talented skill-set, McClure has a passion to get better.

"I need to improve my long-distance shooting and my defense. I think you can always improve of defense," he said.

For those that have yet to see the rising sophomore play, McClure has drawn comparisons to Okahoma City Thunder sixth man James Harden.

"Harden attacks the rim hard and is like a combo guard. I feel like I am like that. In the future I see myself probably being a point guard, but, ultimately, it is what the coach wants me to be."

McClure's humble attitude and lifestyle will get him a long way in the recruiting world, but he also credits this positive influence and improvement in his game to the Texas Titans.

"The Texas Titans are amazing. The organization has improved me on and off the court. The team has taught me to slow down in the half-court and run set plays, and they have also taught me to be a better teammate."

King McClure is projected to be one of the top players in his class, and while he may be, he always has something to fall back on if something goes wrong.

For King, it is books before basketball, and he is balancing both out very well.

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