An NBA team is adding another former member of the Duke Blue Devils to its bench. The latest Coach K protégé rise in the ranks is former Duke forward David McClure.
According to The Devils Den, McClure has been added to the Memphis Grizzlies coaching staff ahead of the 2019-20 season. McClure has been with the Indiana Pacers' coaching staff since 2015.
On Thursday, he wrote a nice note to thank the Indiana Pacers, for helping him take this next step in his coaching career.
McClure's full caption:
"It’s been a whirlwind this past month and a half but I finally have a chance to take a breath and thank the @pacers and the entire city of Indianapolis for giving me an amazing opportunity I’ll never forget. Thank you for accepting me and allowing me to call Indy home for the last 3 years of my life and my first 3 years as an assistant coach. I’ve learned so much during my time there and made amazing friends and mentors whom I’ll always cherish. I truly feel blessed every day. Indianapolis will always hold a place in my heart but I’m excited for this next chapter in the journey!!! #ballneverstops #wegrowbasketballhere #pacers #indianapolis #nba #keepgrowing"
As a player, McClure spent five years at Duke from 2004 to 2009, appearing in 124 games. His biggest contributions came in the 2006-07 season, when he started 11 of 33 games and averaged 21.7 minutes per game. Highlighting McClure's season was a buzzer-beating layup in a win over Clemson at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
His professional playing career was brief, consisting of one year with the Austin Toros in the G-League.
McClure got his coaching start with the San Antonio Spurs. He spent two years as player development quality assurance assistant under Gregg Popovich.
Upon being hired by Indiana, McClure served as a player development coach from 2016 to 2018. He was promoted to assistant coach under Nate McMillan last season.
Joining McClure on the Memphis coaching staff are Niele Ivey, Brad Jones, James Penn, Vitaly Potapenko and Neven Spahija.
There will also be a number of former Duke players greeting David McClure on the roster. Grayson Allen and Miles Plumlee are both heading into their first years with the Grizzlies.