NEWBURY PARK, Calif. - - Belmont University men's basketball senior Kevin McClain (Jennings, Fla.) has accepted an invitation to take part in the 2019 Professional Basketball Combine (PBC), event organizers announced Tuesday.
The two-day showcase will take place May 21-22 at the Mamba Sports Academy in California.
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.
The Florida native 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.
Other notable players committed to the PBC include Kenny Williams (North Carolina), Corey Davis, Jr. (Houston), KeVaughn Allen (Florida), Jeremy Harris (Buffalo) and D'Marcus Simonds (Georgia State).
The Professional Basketball Combine is a secondary draft combine designed to give players an opportunity to showcase their talents in hopes of being selected to play professional basketball. Each attendee receives the opportunity to play, train and interact with talent evaluators from the NBA, G-League and overseas.
Past PBC success stories include Antonio Blakeney (Chicago Bulls) and Charles Cooke (Miami Heat).
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.