According to ex-UM Hurricane shooter and European veteran Jack McClinton (Agency: Alti Sport) -- now more then ever -- is the perfect time to pursue his NBA ambitions.
"I've reached a point in my career where I don't want to look back in regret and say 'what if,'" McClinton told his circle of trusties. "My goal is to show NBA teams I can compete at a high level so I'm willing to sacrifice one season overseas for a potential call up," he added.
Since establishing himself as a prominent European shooter in Turkey, Israel and the Ukraine, collecting multiple team and individual awards, McClinton has recently declined offers from teams like Lagun Aro (Spain), Nancy (France) and a pair of Italian clubs, in attempt to work his way through the NBA Development League and jump-start his NBA career.
McClinton will look to become eligible for the D-League draft on November 2nd and is hopeful that his talents will standout, resulting in a call up from the NBA.
When he's not working out with recently waived Celtic guard Dionte Christmasat St. Joes University in Philadelphia, the Baltimore native shooter spends valuable time studying the game of basketball on Synergy with close friend Dorell Wrightof the Philadelphia 76ers.
Last month, while the Miami Heat entertained roster possibilities before the start of training camp, 6-foot-1 McClinton was invited for a couple of workouts at AmericanAirlines Arena. However, journeymen veterans Rodney Carneyand Garrett Temple (who have since been waived) were chosen over him.
Disappointed he didn't make camp but encouraged by the pep-talk with Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, who resembled both his game and size to former Heat shooter Eddie House, for McClinton, a two-time All-ACC 1st Team (2008 and 2009) member and Israeli League All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout champ, a minor setback for a bigger comeback seems to be the calling.
McClinton spent the 2011-2012 season in the Ukraine with Budivelnyk Kyiv, where he won the domestic cup. He averaged 13.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg in the league play and upped his performances in the European VTB League where he finished as the league's fourth leading scorer with 14.8ppg (shooting 44.6% from beyond the arc), adding 3.0rpg and 1.8apg.
Hod Hasharon tied National League Finals - May 18, 2013
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Hod Hasharon - Ironi Nes-Ziona 90-77 (1-1)
Hod Hasharon tied National League Finals at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Hod Hasharon. Ironi Nes-Ziona managed to win fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ironi Nes-Ziona 40-28 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hod Hasharon looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists [read more]
Hod Hasharon tied National League Finals at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Hod Hasharon. Ironi Nes-Ziona managed to win fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ironi Nes-Ziona 40-28 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hod Hasharon looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Eran Asante Asare (194-88, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Hod Hasharon's coach Roy Hagai used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tal Karpels (195-90) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 19+6reb+1ast, E.Asante Asare 18+11reb+6ast, B.Walker 15+5reb+5ast, O.Hover 9+5reb, G.Dotan 9+3reb+9ast, I.Stolero 8+2reb+2ast Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Karpels 17+5reb+3ast, T.Michael Dunne 15+5reb+5ast, R.Zehavian 13+4reb+1ast, G.Amitay 11+4reb+2ast, E.Engel 9+2reb+2ast, B.Benn 4+5reb+1ast
Maccabi T-A and Maccabi Haifa sweep the Quarter-Finals - May 16, 2013
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Maccabi T-A - Hapoel T-A 76-74 (3-0)
Hapoel Tel-Aviv was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 38-30 second half run of Maccabi T-A. It was a good game for international Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory with 9 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) contributed with 20 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners [read more]
Hapoel Tel-Aviv was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 38-30 second half run of Maccabi T-A. It was a good game for international Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory with 9 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) contributed with 20 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Brian Randle (203-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) added 18 points and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Top scorers: Maccabi T-A: R.Hickman 20+2reb+2ast, S.James 17+4reb+2ast, D.Smith 14+3reb+3ast, L.Eliyahu 9+17reb+4ast, D.Logan 8+3reb+1ast, D.Planinic 4 Hapoel T-A: B.Randle 19+13reb+2ast, D.Stitt 18+2reb+4ast, A.Goods 11+1reb+2ast, C.Kelly 7+4reb+3ast, J.Skjoldebrand 7+3reb+1ast, M.Naor 6+3reb+1ast
The game without a history. GreenTops Netanya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. GreenTops Netanya players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a quality performance for American power forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana, agency: Avi Zilberman) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). His fellow American import swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) accounted for 25 points and 4 steals for the winning side. American Josh Duncan (203-86) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and international Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Hapoel Jerusalem in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Netanya: D.Washington 25+2reb+3ast, M.Killingsworth 22+9reb+2ast, Y.Orland 16+4reb, E.Gueta 9+2reb+1ast, R.Bradley 8+5reb+8ast, E.Shulman 8+1reb+6ast Hapoel J-M: E.Kadir 17+5reb+1ast, J.Duncan 15+8reb+3ast, R.Limonad 12+4reb+1ast, C.Fells 9+7reb+1ast, S.Samuels 6+2reb+2ast, M.Tapiro 4+1reb+4ast
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-18. But Galil Gilboa won second period 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Haifa looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Galil Gilboa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Greek swingman Pat Calathes (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Mexican point guard Paul Stoll (180-85) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Maccabi Haifa: P.Calathes 32+12reb+5ast, P.Stoll 20+1reb+4ast, G.Mekel 10+3reb+10ast, J.Thomas 9+10reb, D.Smith 9+2reb+6ast, C.Colman 7+2reb+1ast Galil Gilboa: M.Watt 17+5reb+3ast, J.Smith 16+5reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 13+2reb+4ast, Y.Green 12+4reb+4ast, K.Hayes 10+4reb+2ast, R.Sanders 9+5reb+3ast
It was a great evening for American forward Jerome Tillman (198-87, college: Ohio, agency: KMG Sports Management) who led his team to a victory scoring 8 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Eli Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, college: Hofstra) with 24 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Maccabi Rishon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Hapoel Eilat: E.Skverer 14+2reb+2ast, A.Nissim 14+2reb+3ast, E.Holman 13+6reb+1ast, L.O'Bannon 12+7reb+1ast, J.Tillman 8+13reb+2ast, S.Hopson 6+4reb+2ast Maccabi Rishon: A.Uter 24+9reb+2ast, J.Wright 16+8reb+2ast, N.Hanochi 8+5reb+7ast, A.Ben David 7+3reb+2ast, L.Jones 6+2ast, O.Solomon 4+2reb+1ast
The Israeli portal Walla! Sport reported yesterday that Russian club, Lokomotiv Kuban, 2013 ULEB champion, isi interesting to sign Maccabi Bazan Haifa point guard, Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) for next season. But before he'll consider a move to Russia, Mekel may join in few months to the Utah Jazz to play in the NBA summer league in order to impress the coaching staff and maybe to be selected by the club [read more]
The Israeli portal Walla! Sport reported yesterday that Russian club, Lokomotiv Kuban, 2013 ULEB champion, isi interesting to sign Maccabi Bazan Haifa point guard, Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) for next season. But before he'll consider a move to Russia, Mekel may join in few months to the Utah Jazz to play in the NBA summer league in order to impress the coaching staff and maybe to be selected by the club. Mekel joined Maccabi Bazan Haifa after the season alreadt started and so far he is one of the main reasons of the team's success. In 23 games so far he has an average of 13.3 ppg, 4.7 apg & 2.6 rpg.
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