The #22 Miami Hurricanes are enjoying their extended stay in the Top 25 nine weeks into the mentally and physically battering season. A behemoth part of their recent success is little man Jack McClinton.
Though Jack may not be the steepest of players, he uses his six-foot frame to his advantage and his advantageous behind the arc and to the Miami Hurricanes. His slingshot release and knowledge of his surroundings on the court make him an instant threat. Kind of like a young, stronger Allen Iverson.
McClinton leads the Canes' in scoring at 16.7 PPG and in three-point shooting at just under forty-two and a half percent—one of the best percentages in the ACC- and his nineteen makes from downtown are tied for fifth, all behind players that have a height advantage over him. However, the long distance artist has the most makes in the Atlantic Coast Conference of any player 6'0" or shorter.
Yes height maybe his biggest flaw, but McClinton understands that which is why he such an alto assassin from the floor, nailing 94 bombs last season, a Miami record.
#33 was the first Miami Hurricanes' player to earn All-ACC First Team honors as a junior and also led the Atlantic Coast Conference in three point field goals made per game and free-throw shooting at a ripe 91.9 percent. This year he's a tad bit crestfallen at 86.2 percent (25-29).
In comparison to other standout, shoot-first point guard Tyrese Rice, also a habitant of the ACC (Boston College), McClinton netted more three pointers made, field goals made, points, and committed less turnovers in both of their first two seasons played.
It was also Jack the Canes' strode to the second round of the 2007-08 NCAA Tournament before suffering a loss to the D.J. Augustin-led Texas Longhorns.
In Miami's recent win over Rob Morris, McClinton showed just why he's indispensable—accounting for nine points (1-1 3PT, 1-1 FG, 2-2 FT and an assist to Dwayne Collins)—in a 2:45 span that helped the Hurricanes' take the lead for the rest of the game.
During Miami's three-game winning streak, the Canes' have only allowed 59.6 PPG and 58.4 PPG in their seven wins this season. And though McClinton's numbers have hardly been spectacular (15.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 43.% FG, 32.5% 3PT) during the streak he'll happily serve as a decoy. In the seven-game victory trot, 19 Hurricanes' players have scored in double-figures and every player who averages 20 minutes or more not named Jack McClinton, together as a unit, are shooting over 50 percent from the field (51.1 percent) on 107-out-of-209 shots.
In a rigorous conference that boasts such teams as North Carolina, Duke, and Wake Forest, Jack McClinton and the Miami Hurricanes' are slowly receiving particles of notoriety.
Thanks to teamwork and the three-ball from Jack himself.