Gate City senior guard and Georgetown commit Mac McClung, whose dunk-filled highlight reels have garnered millions of views on YouTube, entered Wednesday’s Region 2D first round game against Lebanon needing 32 points to break Allen Iverson’s Virginia High School League single-season scoring record of 948 points. In front of a standing-room-only crowd, McClung scored 41 in the Blue Devils’ 80-43 win, eclipsing Iverson’s 25-year-old mark with a three-pointer near the top of the key in the fourth quarter.
“I’m not in it for the record,” McClung told WCYB’s Casey Goetz while surrounded by his teammates and classmates after the game. “I want to keep playing and playing, as much as I can. You can ask my dad and my mom, I always believed in myself. I believed I needed to work hard and it worked. … To do it in front of everybody here, you saw it, it was different, man. I don’t think there’s another high school program or community in the country that’s this great.”
Iverson broke Moses Malone’s 1974 state record of 896 points in a single season on March 19, 1993 with his first basket in Bethel’s 72-65 overtime win over Woodbridge in the AAA state semifinals. He finished with a game-high 24 points, helping the eventual state champions erase a nine-point deficit in the final four minutes of regulation. Iverson played two seasons at Georgetown before the Philadelphia 76ers made him the No. 1 pick in the 1996 draft. He was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Two players had come within 30 points of breaking Iverson’s record in the past five years. Rockbridge County’s Andrew Rowsey scored 931 points in 26 games in 2013, which is now the third-highest single-season total in state history. Last year, Champe guard Dom Fragala finished with 922 points in 25 games. McClung, who now sits at 958 points for the season, can add to his total when Gate City (24-1) plays Union in the Region 2D semifinals on Friday.
Iverson has reportedly invited McClung to compete in the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic All-Star Game in April.
“Allen has seen video of the kid and most recently reached out to him to congratulate him on his achievements and his acceptance to his beloved Georgetown University,” Gary Moore, Iverson’s manager, wrote to the Bristol Herald Courier earlier this month. “He has taken a very special interest in this young man and for his future.”
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