Petey McClain has decided to Stay

Petey McClain

On Thursday there were reports circulating around that Petey McClain had decided to transfer from ETSU. I am now hearing that Petey has decided to stay. He was 100% determined to leave until his parents told him they wanted him to stay at ETSU.

While this is certainly good news for the team I hope that McClain is happy with his decision. It is still disappointing to hear that Petey felt hand-cuffed all season. Bartow told him during the recruiting process he wanted a PG that could make plays for himself and others. However, once the season started he was told not to shoot – ever, unless it was a wide open lay-up then got criticized when teams stopped guarding him. That is not was he was told while he was being recruited. Hopefully now that Petey is staying coach Bartow will give him a little more freedom when playing.

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Petey McClain Transferring

Petey McClain

I’m hearing that Petey McClain is planning on transferring from ETSU to Northwest Florida JC. Apparently Petey told his former AAU coach of his intentions and said that he didn’t mesh well with Bartow’s coaching style and personality. The quote below is from someone who knows Petey personally and explains his reasoning for transferring.

He was supposedly told not to shoot the ball unless it was a lay-up early in the season then at the end of the year he was criticized for hurting the team due to opposing teams not guarding him in the half court offense. He told the coaches they weren’t guarding him because he was told not to shoot and if he knew he was going to be brought to ETSU to never shoot he would have signed somewhere else.

For what its worth Petey loves ETSU the school and city. He even likes the assistant coaches. He just didn’t fit with Coach Bartow and Bartow never went out of his way to actually teach Petey what he wanted from his PG. With Petey being a true freshman at such a critical position he probably needed more 1 on 1 coaching and personal attention than what was given to him.

This is very disappointing news to hear especially after losing Mario Stramaglia last week because of transferring as well. I felt that Petey had a lot of potential to be a good point guard at ETSU. It sounds as if the basketball woes at ETSU are going to continue and I feel that will be the case the longer Bartow sticks around.

I assume this opens up another recruiting spot for the Bucs and with it being this late in the recruiting season it might be hard to find two solid players to replace both Mario and Petey.

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