Greg McClinton big on the Deacs

Greg McClinton Basketball Highlights - Scouting (via MassCastTV)

Greg McClinton of Winston-Salem Prep is already one of the better known players in the 2013 recruiting class. According to ESPN, he is ranked as the 10th best small forward in the class, and 31st overall. The long 6'6, 180 forward can use his freakish athleticism, or his ability to knock down the three ball to lead his team offensively.

Blogger So Dear caught up with Greg to talk about his game, his recruiting, and about life in general.

Click through to see what Greg had to say about the above.

It is always very fortunate for a college team to have a great player in their hometown. Winston-Salem has had a number of these guys recently, and Greg McClinton could be next on the list. If everything goes right for Wake Forest, McClinton will bring his talents over to Mother So Dear after he completes his four years at Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy.

Wake Forest is not the only team vying for his talents, as the impressive youngster has already tallied numerous high major scholarship offers.

"UConn, Miami, Wake Forest, Louisville, Xavier and Virginia Tech are all showing me a lot of interest," McClinton said. "Wake, Xavier, Virginia Tech, and Miami have all offered me. Right now Wake Forest is at the top of my list."

With such an impressive array of schools already to offer, it is very good for Wake Forest to be in such good standing already. It certainly helps that McClinton is good friends with 2012 Wake Forest commit Aaron Rountree. He is also close to 2012 Louisville commit Rodney Purvis, so it is no surprise that Louisville has caught his eye as well.

This list does not include Georgetown, the school that he told me was his favorite growing up. "I just liked them ever since they beat down Duke a few years ago."

McClinton will look to make his college decision by the end of his junior year, or the start of his senior year to get it out of the way.

Greg is looking for a school that any high school student-athlete would want. "A good coach, a winning program that fits my style of play, and a good school academically."

For readers that have not seen McClinton play before, he laid it out in a couple of sentences. "I am a very athletic player who plays on the wing. I have a nice mid-range game, and can pull up for a shot, but also get to the basket. Those are definitely my strengths. My three point shooting needs some work, but that will come around."

Off the court McClinton relies heavily on his mother, who is his idol and inspiration for life. "She raised me on her own and is a strong woman who knows how to get things done and won't accept anything less than the best."

McClinton is on the CP3 All-Stars AAU team and will be playing throughout the summer around the country. We will have an updated schedule on where he can be seen soon. 

Greg is a great basketball player, but an even better person to talk to. Whatever school gets him will be very lucky and happy with the results.

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