King McClure

King McClure

Baylor could see Dallas Triple A Academy guard King McClure’s budding talent as far back as eighth grade, and has recruited him for the last four years.

The Bears’ persistence paid off as McClure made a verbal commitment Tuesday over such high profile basketball programs as Kansas and UCLA.

McClure is the No. 37 national recruit in the 2015 class by Rivals.com. The 6-3, 200-pound four-star junior guard should be a good fit for Baylor’s up-tempo style of play that gives guards a lot of freedom.

“Their style of play really fits King’s talent,” said Leroy McClure, King’s father. “He can play point guard or shooting guard, and Baylor has historically done very well with guards who can score and handle the ball. By being a private Christian school, Baylor was high on his list, and it’s also within 90 minutes from home.”

King McClure said he has watched Baylor’s point guards for years, and has been impressed by the way coach Scott Drew uses them.

“I’ve seen what guys like Pierre Jackson, Tweety Carter and Kenny Chery have done in their offense,” McClure said. “Coach Drew loves scoring point guards. I like their up-tempo style and I feel I can fit right in.”

McClure has averaged more than 20 points in each of his three seasons for Triple A Academy, a charter school that competed in Class 3A UIL competition this year. Triple A Academy coach Tim Singleton has enjoyed the versatility McClure brings to the court.

“He has a lot of offensive skills, and can score in a variety of ways,” Singleton said. “He’s a really good 3-point shooter and is strong at driving to the hoop. He has a very strong college body. He’s built like a (former Oklahoma State star) Marcus Smart, but is a better shooter and scorer.”

Triple A Academy won the Class 1A state championship in 2012-13 and reached the area round of the Class 3A playoffs this spring. But McClure has missed the playoffs the last two years due to knee injuries.

However, McClure has played AAU basketball in recent weeks and said his knee is getting better.

“My left knee is about 80 percent,” McClure said. “I’ve been going out there and playing. I just got back from California on an AAU basketball trip.”

Leroy McClure believes King will continue to develop his offensive and defensive skills as a senior next season.

“His goal is to be the top guard in the country,” Leroy McClure said. “He understands the game and was trained to be a point guard. I believe he’s a natural scorer and an outstanding team player. He can also guard several positions. His defense is strong, but he’d be the first to say he needs to work on it.”

McClure is the first verbal commitment in the 2015 class for the Baylor men’s basketball program.

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