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Jack is back on All-ACC First Team

A sprained left knee slowed Jack McClinton down toward the end of the regular season, but it didn't stop him from capping his senior season by earning more special honors.

Jack McClinton had a three-game stretch of 30-point games against Wake Forest, Duke and North Carolina that likely helped him earn All-ACC First Team honors for the second year in a row on Monday. Monday afternoon, the 6-1 senior from Baltimore joined Tim James as the only the men's basketball players in Hurricanes history to earn all-conference first team honors twice. The 76 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association voted McClinton to the All-ACC First Team with 188 votes, only three more than Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague for the fifth and final spot on the top team.

McClinton was joined on the first team by first-time four-time selection Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina, who was a surprising unanimous selection. Florida State guard Toney Douglas, UNC's Ty Lawson and Duke's Gerald Henderson were the other first team selections. No other Hurricane was selected to any of the other teams.

McClinton struggled down the stretch of this season, shooting a combined 9 of 37 over his final three games. But he obviously did more than enough during the rest of the regular season to impress voters including a spectacular stretch during the middle of the season in which he produced back-to-back-to-back 30-point games against the leagues' top three teams -- Wake Forest (32), Duke (34) and North Carolina (35).

He finished leading the league in three-point field goal percentage (.464), three-point field goals per game (3.1) and free throw percentage (.885) for the second year in a row, while ranking third in scoring with 19.7 points per game – including a 21.8 point average in ACC games (second-best in the league).

So, now, it's only right I ask you, where should Jack McClinton rank all-time in UM basketball history? Tim James won the Big East Player of the Year in 1999. Rick Barry was an All-American and first round NBA pick. Dick Hickox and Don Curnutt were All-American Second Team selections in the 60s and 70s. John Salmons earned All-Big East Second Team honors and now has a budding NBA career. Give me your thoughts on Mr. McClutch and what he's meant to the program.


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Too bady NOBODY cares Jack.

U are not a basketball school.

U are not a football school.

U are a baseball school.

Wow somebody is a hater that UM will be Elite in every sport now. I will miss Jack. He is electrifying. Hopefully he will have a nice NBA career. I do not see him as a starter but he could be an awesome spark of the bench.

"Elite in every sport" is potentially a bad phrase. But it would be awesome if Miami could build a truly successful basketball program to join baseball and football.

Miami is going to miss Jack's free throw percentage and defense the most next year. In my opinion, you can always find shooters. But how many guys can really play defense? And clearly this team can't make free throws other than Jack. I think Haith is going to have to ask a couple of young guys to get "older" faster for next year.

Anyway, it would be really nice to see Miami beat at least VT and get into the NCAA tourney, but I can't see this team being a Sweet-16 contender anyway.

I love watching jack play, the guy is in range as soon as he crosses half court and he knows it. He is probably the most unguardable player in the league along with curry. Last year he just had a jumpshot, this year he added the step back and driving to the hole. Hands down Best player in the ACC

Too bad he isnt about 2 or 3 inches taller, he could be one of the nba greats! If he develops his handles he still could be as a PG

How the hell does Jeff Teague not make first team all ACC....That is freaking ridiculous....I'd take him oer Douglas or McClinton anyday....The guy is a top 10 pick in the Draft RIGHT NOW if he were to come out....But then again, the NBA doesn't define college players...Look at Hansbrough, who is a great college player, but likely won't amount to jackshi* in the NBA.

So in other words, you invalidated your own argument. Congrats to you and Jack!

I was playing devils advocate....Not arguing with anyone....Teague just happens to be one of the 5 best "basketball players" in the conference.......and, no, I'm not a Wake Forest Fan.

Is this guy freekin serious?

"I love watching jack play, the guy is in range as soon as he crosses half court and he knows it. He is probably the most unguardable player in the league along with curry. Last year he just had a jumpshot, this year he added the step back and driving to the hole. Hands down Best player in the ACC"

Dude, Cane fan all my life over here, but c'mon bro. First of all, Curry is not in our league. 2nd of all, either Lawson or Gerald Henderson is the most unguardable player in the league, and I hate Duke. 3rd of all, "Hands down the best player in the ACC"!? OK, now I know you're a moron.

Have you actually watched any ACC basketball?

Wait, why am I even responding to this idiot?

Dude, Jack is obviously among the best players in the league, but he's not even hands down first team all conference, much less hands down the best player in the league!

C'mon guys! I love the Canes and all, but do us all a favor and try to keep your foot outta yer mouth. Those comments were embarassing!

Jack will go down as the best shooter to play at UM since its rebirth.
Shame he did not have an elite PG to play with his senior year.
Thank you JACK for all the clutch shots you made look routine.
The U will miss U.

I only remember as far back as James so I won't compare McClinton to any of those other guys. He definitely ranks above all the guys since James. He can shoot the ball like few others can and, through hard work, has made himself a decent penetrator. That's the best thing about him is he always brings the effort. Definitely a name Hurricane fans will remember for a long time.

If I had to pick where he ranks all-time. Based on the resume at the end of the article, I would say he is behind Rick Barry. Again, I wasn't around back than so I can't really be sure.

Rick Barry is the most famous Hurricanes basketball alum and he was also the best. However, watch McClinton since he first donned a jersey with the U on it, there shouldn't be a question Jack is number two. I'd say Tim James is third behind McClinton, only because Jack scored more clutch shots than Tim James did. Also, McClinton didn't have a Johnny Helmsley to play alongside, like Tim James did. All three deserve accolades though for making basketball relevant at a football school. Congrats to Jack on a great individual season. Good luck in the pros buddy!

are you kidding g8rh8r, how can you say that? As of a week ago, mcclinton was the all time leading 3 point % shooter in the acc, how is that not worthy of 1st team? Bilas said he may be one of the most league ready college players and without him miami is probably only good for 5 games. You must not watch miami basketball

Good job Jack - well done.

Rick Barry is by far the best Hurricane. His numbers and notariety in college and pros are far beyond anything anyone at UM has ever done. After that you have to say John Salmons, and not just because of his NBA career. His numbers across all categories, and his roles on 2 different NCAA runs (one with Hamilton 99-00, one with Clark 02) are exceptional. Then I say McClinton just edging out Rice and James. However the most important player in UM's best run of success (98-00) is Vernon Jennings. His play at point those years was what made James, and Hemsley good.

WOW, check this out! An update from the Sentinel about football! Take notes Manny.

University of Miami freshman cornerback Brandon McGee is expected to miss six weeks because of surgery to repair a broken finger. McGee, a former Plantation High star, has a spiral fracture on the
ring finger on his right hand, after it was caught in the Under Armour gear of running back Mike James during one-on-one drills last month.

He practiced despite the injury, but decided on surgery after a discussion with Miami coach Randy Shannon. He needs two pins in the

"[This injury] will definitely not set me back, I talked to coach Shannon about it and I'm confident. I definitely don't think it will set me back at all," McGee said.

McGee has looked impressive through spring drills and caught an interception in practice Saturday. He said catching the ball wasn't a problem because he hasn't been thinking about the pain.

"I've been getting comfortable and playing with more swagger, me and Brandon Harris have been talking about playing with more swagger and not being a robot, we've been playing our own styles" McGee said.

I almost forgot...congratulations Jack! Also, based on what I said above, here is my top 10, post 1985.

1. John Salmons
2. Jack McClinton
3. Darius Rice
4. Tim James
5. Johnny Hemsley
6. Guillermo Diaz
7. James Jones
8. Steven Edwards
9. Tito Hofford
10. Vernon Jennings

anyone know what OL rivals is reporting as a Cane commit?

Sorry for leaving Kevin Prescott off this list, put him tied at 8th with Stevie E.

Per ESPN, the commit is:

Shane McDermott of Palm Beach Central (Wellington, Fla.), has accepted a Class of 2010 scholarship offer from Miami-Florida.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound prospect, who was recruited as a center, also has offers from West Virginia, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Colorado State, South Florida, Central Florida and Florida International.

McDermott on film looks like a beast...pancakes people with ease..and yes another Urban prospect and another lost product for the gaytors...
you all need to check out canespace.com...good blog too for cane sports.

did u have to wait for this story to come out or something we's building depth????? you being the first to make a comment is just mind-boggling, sheesh it's like gayturds we'll do everything they can to hate on us, it's so funny haha

shane mcdermott???? ain't he that actor from that cheesy skating/surfing movie airborne with seth green in it!?

Returning the ENTIRE TWO-deep defensive depth chart isn't depth?

Loads of experienced PRODUCTIVE players returning on offense also.

U don't know what depth is fool. Keep dreamin.

Jack McClinton is hands down, at the very least, the 2nd best player in Miami history. It's not even close. All the idiots that voted for the other options should be dragged through the streets and executed for stupidity.

1. Jack McClinton
2. Tim James
3. John Salmons
4. Johnny Hemsley
5. Vernon Jennings
6. James Jones
7. Rob Hite
8. Guillermo Diaz
9. Steve Edwards
10. Darius Rice

My list since the re-birth of the program.

ROB, sorry for the delay in responding.

I do watch Miami ball, and I think you mistook my point. In fact, I said "obviously Jack is among the best players in the league."

I would even argue he does belong 1st Team All-ACC. But there are a bunch of other players I could also make a case for over him. To me, there are three "hands down" 1st Team All-ACC guys: Lawson, Hansbrough and Henderson (as much as it pains me to mention a Dookie in that regard).

Jack is a great player and I love to watch him, but the truth is that he is only a little bit more versatile than JJ Redick was. He is certainly not "hands down the best player in the league" as you stated. I appreciate your support of the team and share your admiration for McClinton's talents and effort. I even voted for him as best UM player ever, although that's unfair since I never watched Rick Barry play... but let's keep things in perspective here. The fact is there are a lot of players in the ACC with comparable skills and impact on the game to Jack.



Guillermo Diaz


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Green? Who cares about that phrase uttering moron. Dude couldn't put a sentence together to save his life.

This is the same guy that trumpets "Kohler toilets".

What an enormous tool.

How'd those toilets work out for U Greeeeeeeeeeen?? Were the $17 chicken sandwiches moist and delicious? Was watching Beanpole Harris run for his life in HD more enjoyable. Did Wayne lube you before he bent you over for $20 parking? Did you enjoy the ambiance of having 30k in a 75k stadium? Did you shed a tear of pride when you glanced upon the polyvinyl removable ring of honor?


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I agree g8rh8r about barry, never watched him and it was a different game then. And I was wrong when I mentioned curry, I meant NCAA not league. I just think mcclinton is impossible to guard, he shoots from the logo and has developed that runner. I agree there are other players that could have replaced him on the first team but I think he deserves it soley on that he really has no help and has to do it alone. Id like to see what he could do on a team like Pitt, uconn, or unc where he wouldn't be double teamed and got some open looks, I'm confident he'd average at least 23


Cool, Rob, I think we're on the same page, but maybe your love for Jack got a hold of you a bit. I'd agree that he may be among the top 2 or 3 NBA ready players in the league.

On your point, though about what he'd do on a team like Pitt, UConn or UNC. You are right that there would be less pressure on him and he'd probably have an even better shooting percentage from the field, but I'd say he'd actually score less. If you want to know how he'd fare on UNC, look no further than Wayne Ellington. That kid's got a beautiful stroke, mid-court range and a better drive to the basket than Jack. Not saying he's quite the clutch outside shooter Jack is, but he's in the same realm. Anyway, my point is that when you put a top notch player on a top notch team with loads of talent around them, they tend not to stand out as much. Think about it. When Jack has a bad night, he's still got to put up 30 shots just for Miami to have a chance instead of passing it off to Hansbrough or Danny Green or Ty Lawson, etc.

Anyway, I'm with you, so no point in arguing. Jack has been awesome to watch the past couple years. I'll be there in Hotlanta to cheer him and the Canes on and I hope we get to see him play a few more games wearing Orange and Green.

The U will definitely miss him next year, big time. Such a shame we didn't have a decent point to put alongside him this year.

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