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McClinton headed to Turkey

Jack McClinton really wanted to play in the NBA this season. He hoped the days of proving himself were over and done with. But as it turns out, he still has more convincing to do.

Jack McClinton Wednesday night at Hurricanes Hoopfest, the two-time All-ACC First Team guard seemed as though he was soaking in the last few minutes he could at UM. He sat courtside, chumming up to teammates and fans. Turns out he was. The 6-1 guard who took UM to the second round of the NCAA tournament two years ago is scheduled to be on a flight to Istanbul Thursday afternoon where he'll begin his first professional season as a member of Aliaga Petkim.

McClinton, drafted by the Spurs in the second round last June, was released by the Minnesota Timberwolves last week. And he was going to sit at home feeling sorry for himself.

"I kept waiting and waiting to see if teams were interested. But it was time to go man," said McClinton, who hired a new agent, the same used by former Canes James Jones and John Salmons.

"I decided I can’t keep waiting in my bed for a team to call. I didn’t want to go to the D-League. So, I’m going to go across the water for seven months, come back next year better than ever. It’s a humbling experience. It’s not what I wanted to do. But everybody has to take a different road and this is the road I have to take."

McClinton hopes the road will eventually lead back to the Spurs, who he said encouraged him to play overseas where they would keep an eye on him. The way he sees it, his trip overseas will feel a lot like a road he's traveled before.

"That's one thing that always keeps me motivated. I've never given up," McClinton said. "I went to Sienna, transferred to Miami. I guess I can look at Turkey as Sienna and Miami being the NBA. I'm starting over."

MORE HOOPS NOTES/OBSERVATIONS...

Malcolm Grant > I've already developed a serious man crush on Malcolm Grant. Well, a reporter's crush. The guy is a quote machine and not afraid to have a little fun with his teammates. Among my favorite Malcolmisms from Wednesday:

- In regards to freshman guard Antoine Allen: "I call him G-Mac because he plays like T-Mac. He’s real smooth, understands the game."

- On sophomore Dequan Jones: "His jump shot is coming a long way. This guy couldn't throw it in the ocean. He's been working on it and he's good."

> Guard James Dews is going to have to wear some sort of protective vest this season to help keep his injured left shoulder healthy. Dews said he collided with freshman Durand Scott during open gym last week battling for a loose ball. "I'll get used to it," Dews said.

> UM might be more athletic and faster paced this year, but the offense is going to be centered around senior Dwayne Collins in the post -- at least in the early going. "If Dwayne is able to be consistent, he’s a first team all-league player," UM coach Frank Haith said. "I think he’s as good as there is the league when he’s on his game night in, night out. We’re coming to him. He knows the offense is centered around him. He’s going to get a lot of touches. He just has to work to get open. Sometimes he’s methodical with his moves. I think sometimes he does that because he’s trying to get his feet under him. We need him to work hard to get those two feet in the paint."

> Haith loves what Malcolm Grant brings in terms of leadership at the point guard position. But consider him just as excited about freshman Durand Scott. "There's no question [Malcolm] will be the best leader we've had in terms of guys will take command. I can say to him Malcolm, don't let that happen. And he will," Haith said. "But let me tell you guys something -- Durand Scott is equally a good leader even as a freshman. He has command, a great presence in what he's doing. I think he'll play the one. He's good. He can handle the ball. He has great vision. The white team won [Wednesday's scrimmage] and it was all because [Scott] had all the freshmen on the team. He doesn't make many mistakes and you can't take it from him. He's good."

> Freshman forward Donnavan Kirk (6-9, 220) might be the most talented forward UM has. But of the four freshmen, he's the most behind. "Of all the guys, him getting adjusted to what we're doing, he gets lost some times," Haith said. "But his talent is level is noticeable. He's long, athletic, he's quick. His nickname is Pogo. He's bouncy and I like that about him. He runs the court very well. We want to run more, so he'll have his moments. But there's no doubt the other perimeter guys will play a lot."

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thanx, manny.

THanks Manny

Those of us that are out of town look forward to your information on the Basketball team.

Any word on any other commits for the last 2 scholarships

Jack Attack needs to work on his ball handling skills. Fantastic jump shot though.

Collins is a man among boys. I expect big things from him this year.

GO CANES!!!

Best of luck to Jack McClinton overseas. With his drive and determination, he'll catch on with an NBA team sooner rather than later.

Good luck Jack. I have a feeling he will be in the NBA somehow. He has a will of steal. Good to see the freshman class is for real. People all over say Durand Scott is amazying. Probably best recruit since DRice.

Scary that the offense will run through Collins. Not that Dwayne is not good -- he's a legit NBA prospect. It's just that, he's been so iffy when called upon to step up.

Manny or anyone, I will ask again...Brandon Knight a Hurricane? He has not committed yet, and it says we are still on the list of 6. The 'Canes should see if Dedrick Epps can play powerfoward, ya know, some reverse Jimmy Graham strategy!

Re: FB, 'Canes need to make a statement against Clemson. There is no one game they can win to shoot up the BCS, so I say win convincingly each time out.

BAWAHAHAHAHAHA Sarasota'cane using my name. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Thank you Sarasota.

Love that the Gators are #100 in punt returns. You Canes fans are so dumb. Wasting your boring life looking for something the Gators are bad in and the best you can come up with is punt returns? BAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAH That is why we are #1 and the Canes are in the middle of the pack of a boring, mediocre ACC basketball conference. Maybe the Gators are so low because no one kicks to Brandon James at all? Ever think of that? You guys should know because you watch the Gators every week on National Television.

I am sure if the Gator program was so bad that their games were only on ESPNU or the internet, you guys would watch since you are pros at that from watching all the Canes games on these obscure outlets.

The only thing that matters is #1 in the BCS and winning our conference (which we lead our division) in the toughest conference in football.

Since the Canes joined a conference with a conference championship game, they havent even made it to the game. WEAK! Long way away from those walk in the park schedules, no conference championships and home national title games. Isnt so easy now? Imagine if you were in a good conference too? One where you had to bring your game every single week. Instead you will play those weak teams in that mediocre conference in addition to that ridiculous non conference of FAMU, FIU and whatever other weak beaten down school you could find in Florida. Surprised you didnt add some South Florida school of the arts or school of the blind.


Cant spell bUs without da U.

McClinton is going to miss a lot of Canes games in Turkey because I can tell you if the overwhelming majority of US people dont have ESPNU, he sure as heck is not having it in Turkey.

Any word on any other commits for the last 2 scholarships

Posted by: Hurricane Moe | October 22, 2009 at 12:12 AM

at least 3 available scholarships …
Brown & Akpejiori commit …
Thomas, McGowan, Collins & Dews depart …
+ an unused one …
keep an eye on homeboys:
Brandon Knight (pinecrest) & Freddy Asprilla (miami-dade) …

HOP, SKIP AND A JUMP

As always Manny preciate the updates.

Hey Manny,tell Linda Robertson I appreciated the story on Nelms from Neptune! Haha, great story

I went in the locker room after the last home game - it was nice. I've been at their practices and after practices I stay and chill out. … felt strange because when I got in there all the recruits were there with their pens and papers out like they wanted autographs. When I walked in, guys on the team were just giving me high fives.
-- Todd Chandler via canesport

AWESTRUCK

MANNY.....can you please focus on FOOTBALL stories and wait basketball season begins to worry about where former players are finding jobs????

WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON....Get your priorities straightened out!

THANK YOU...

Teblow is #10 QB in one of the worst conferences for QB's. Crompton, who couldn't start for Charlie Southern, is higer.

How is that for stats. Pathetic for a defending NC.

In December, I believe immediately following the Heisman presentation, ESPN will air a documentary about the Canes as part of its documentary series "30 for 30." Here is a brief description of its content gleaned from the 'Net.

The U (directed by Billy Corben)

Throughout the 1980s, Miami, Fla., was at the center of a racial and cultural shift taking place throughout the country. Overwhelmed by riots and tensions, Miami was a city in flux, and the University of Miami football team served as a microcosm for this evolution. The image of the predominantly white university was forever changed when coach Howard Schnellenberger scoured some of the toughest neighborhoods in S. Florida to recruit mostly black players for his team. With a newly branded swagger, inspired and fueled by the quickly growing local Miami hip hop culture, these Hurricanes took on larger-than-life personalities and won four national titles between 1983 and 1991. Filmmaker Billy Corben, a Miami native and University of Miami alum, will tell the story of how these “Bad Boys” of football changed the attitude of the game they played, and how this serene campus was transformed into “The U.”

BAWAHAHAHAHAHA Sarasota'cane using my name. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Thank you Sarasota.

The NEW Pimple is in town, for GOOD!

Go U!

BAWAHAHAHAHAHA Sarasota'cane using my name. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Thank you Sarasota.

The NEW Pimple is in town, for GOOD!

Go U!

Posted by: Rawpimple | October 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Have U ever written anything original Pimple? Just once, PLEASE!

Your "I know you are, but what am I" schtick makes U look sooooooo stupid! I just checked Gator Clause and no one even mentions U, so what are U even refering to? Anyway, nice to know I'm in your head 24/7, 365!

Go 'canes!

Coincidentally, Teblow will be playing football in Turkey as well.

"Canes are in the middle of the pack of a boring, mediocre ACC basketball conference"

Really #10 in the counrty and leading our conference is midle of the pack huh?

"I am sure if the Gator program was so bad that their games were only on ESPNU or the internet, you guys would watch since you are pros at that from watching all the Canes games on these obscure outlets."

I could of sworn our first 4 games were in primetime,on ABC or ESPN


gotta love that trailor education

'Turds blazed the "pay per view and ESPN360" trail this season. Wonder where their HUGE match-up with stiff competition conference rival Miss. St. will be televised.

Raycom?
Lincoln Financial?
TrailerPark Sports Network?
TiresRFlowerPots in Disguise Network?

Manny, Thank you for the Basketball updates.
We are going to suprise alot of teams this year.
Keep the Um Bball info coming , PLEASE.
Lets Go CANES!!!!!
Keep the Faith in Haith.

Posted by: green impostor | October 22, 2009 at 05:15 PM

assumed identity ...

ERSATZ

and this is the ACC mind you, a basketball conference.

Posted by: green impostor / gaturd agent provocateur | October 22, 2009 at 05:15 PM

http://www.82games.com/draftpicksbyconference.htm

http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/062409aaa.html

http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/062609aaa.html

THE Basketball Conference

PRIMARY SOURCE

Gators lose twice this year.....

Spurriers boys will handle them...and Alabama is gonna whoop that ass !!

i pray to god the canes play them in the sugar bowl !!

CANES !!

BASKETBALL CONFERENCE STANDINGS

COASTAL CONF OVERALL
Virginia 2-0 3-3
Georgia Tech 4-1 6-1
Virginia Tech 3-1 5-2
Miami (FL) 2-1 5-1
Duke 1-1 3-3
North Carolina 0-2 4-2


MIAMI SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR DIVISION OF THIS WEAK CONFERENCE

LET'S ALL GET EXCITED ABOUT BEING MIDDLE OF THE PACK OF A WEAK CONFERENCE

Hey but the canes had some NFLers in the past so nothing else matters.

BAWAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHA

The goal of college football is to win championships, not players to the nfl, or fans in the stands but to WIN.

How many ACC championship games have the Canes even been to????

ANSWER ZERO!

Far cry from those farce schedule days, and no conference championship game and home national title games.

AINT SO EASY NOW, IS IT????

ENJOY IRRELEVANCY...i.e. ESPNU and the internet as well as busing to games


cant spell bUs without da U.

http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/view.gal?id=56342

JUMP FOR JOY

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