As evidenced by some of the comments made on a previous blog entry, a popular topic of conversation, for the past four years, is whether Trinity Catholic graduate Dave McClure made the right decision going to Duke. Those who don’t think so seem to be making their judgment based solely on McClure’s point total, how he is not the dominant scorer he was for the Crusaders.
I have found the line of thinking rather skewed, even more so after talking to him last night for a feature I am writing on him for Thursday’s paper. McClure is playing the same role he did for Trinity, minus the scoring. He is a lockdown defender and solid rebounder, two of his most impressive traits at Trinity. Crusaders coach Mike Walsh said McClure is the best defender he has ever had.
Despite an injury-riddled career, McClure has been a valuable contributor to one of the country’s most elite programs. More importantly, his time at Duke has turned him into the kind of person who will make a difference whenever his basketball career ends.
After hanging up the phone last night following our interview, I couldn’t help but smile. Dave has always been one of my favorite people, and I have even greater respect for him now. Anyone who could have heard him last night would feel the same way.
So perhaps it is best to use a proper prism when assessing McClure. College basketball careers are not based just on how many points someone scored.
And if you don’t believe me, go to the following link: http://www.goduke.com/club/std/mediaByType.dbml
It is Duke’s website. Go down to Coach K’s press conference yesterday and start listening from 10:30 in for the next few minutes about what he had to say about McClure.
You might come away feeling differently.