�� #TransferAlarm #DasIstOldenburg @shoot_it_kev Kevin McClain verstärkt @EWE_Baskets Backcourt! Coach Mladen Drijencic: "Unser Wunschspieler auf der Position." Der ganze Bericht auf unserer Website: https://t.co/7gX5rdMFHp pic.twitter.com/X25Nl5FKMZ— EWE Baskets (@EWE_Baskets) July 3, 2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball graduate Kevin McClain ('19) (Jennings, Fla.) agreed to a professional playing contract with EWE Baskets Oldenburg of the German Bundesliga, the club announced Wednesday.
McClain is currently taking part in NBA Summer League as part of the Golden State Warriors.
"Kevin was our favorite player in this position for a number of reasons: he has offensive versatility, and can be used as a shooting guard and point guard," Oldenburg head coach Mladen Drijencic said. "His playing style and role in college is similar to ours. This will help him adapt quickly to European basketball. The fact that Kevin starts his professional career here at EWE Baskets is a great honor for us."
Oldenburg has agreed to an exit clause in the event McClain receives a full-fledged NBA contract after Summer League competition ends.
For McClain this is a homecoming of sorts, as his maternal grandmother resides in Ulm, hours south of Oldenburg, and he holds a German passport thanks to his German-born mother.
McClain emerged as one of the top two-way players in college basketball this past season.
The 6-3 guard recorded 30 double figure scoring games, including 19 consecutive to close the season. McClain delivered in the biggest of situations, most notably his game-high 29-point performance vs. Temple in the NCAA Tournament, leading Belmont to an 81-70 victory. He also had a game-high 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals - and game-winning shot with 2.3 seconds remaining - in Belmont's victory at UCLA.
McClain scored 27 points at Southeast Missouri March 2 as Belmont secured its fifth OVC regular season championship in seven years.
The Jennings, Florida native averaged 16.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game en route to All-OVC First Team honors.
McClain helped lead Belmont to 94 victories and three conference championships in his career. He ranked among OVC leaders in scoring, assists, 3-point field goal percentage, 3-point field goals per game and assist to turnover ratio.
McClain stands 11th on Belmont's NCAA Division I era career scoring list with 1,279 points.
McClain joins Ian Clark, Dylan Windler, Alex Renfroe, Kerron Johnson, J.J. Mann, Amanze Egekeze, Austin Luke and Craig Bradshaw currently playing professionally.
Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 13 of the last 14 seasons, including eight berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 17 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs nine consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 14 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.