Unique McLean is one of the reasons why UMass has a bright future.
The 6-foot-2 freshman is part of the best recruiting class in the Atlantic 10, one that is headlined DeRon Jarreau and Chris Baldwin. McLean, a three-star recruit, is known for his athleticism. His hops were put on display on Thursday night at the program’s open practice showcase at the nearby Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.
McLean cleared 5-foot-9 point guard Luwane Pipkins, a redshirt freshman who sat out the 2015-16 season. This isn’t the first time McLean had completed that slam in front of a crowd.
UMass had a 14-18 (6-12 A10) record during the 2015-16 season. The Minutemen graduated leading scorer Trey Davis and A10 Sixth Man of the Year Jabarie Hinds. NBC Sports projects them finish 13 of 14 in the A10 standings, but McLean and the rest of the freshmen class should rise toward the top of the conference standings during their time in Amherst.