COLUMBIA — Northwestern High School’s Rontavious McClure knows his future is wide open.
But he’s sure about the road he’ll take: basketball, not football.
McClure, a 6-foot-6 senior, is a standout wide receiver for the Northwestern Trojans football team, which travels to West Florence on Friday for a second-round playoff game. He has caught 69 passes for 861 yards and eight touchdowns.
On Wednesday, McClure was named one of the Top 5 senior basketball players in Columbia at a luncheon held by the South Carolina Basketball coach Association. He didn’t take it lightly.
“It was an honor I wasn’t expecting,” McClure said. “People think I’m all football but that’s not the sport I’ll play in college.
“Basketball is my sport and that’s what I’d rather play. I have some firm offers for basketball but none for football, but that’s not an issue.”
McClure has hoops offers from Appalachian State, Marshall and Charlotte.
And if decides to change his mind and play football, he has the opportunity to impress college coaches. McClure was chosen to play for South Carolina in the Shine Bowl All-Star Football Game on Dec. 15 in Spartanburg.
McClure was the lone local player to make the Top 5 lists. Thee was one for all four classifications, girls and boys.
Team-wise, defending Class A state champion Great Falls was picked in its usual No. 1 spot.
Region 3-AAAA was well represented by a pair of boys teams. Coach Mike Gossett’s Northwestern squad was chosen No. 5, with Eric Rollings’ Rock Hill Bearcats at No. 9.
Indian Land’s boys start the season at No. 8 in Class AA.
SCBCA PRESEASON RANKINGS
1. Irmo, 2. Dorman, 3. Hillcrest, 4. Richland Northeast, 5. Northwestern, 6. Gaffney, 7. Easley, 8. West Ashley, 9. Rock Hill, 10. Aiken.
1. Hartsville, 2. Eastside, 3. Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 4. Daniel, 5. Lower Richland, 6. Greer, 7. Airport, 8. St. James, 9. Chapman, 10. Darlington.
1. Lake Marion, 2. Keenan, 3. Newberry, 4. Carolina, 5. Calhoun County, 6. Eau Claire, 7, Lee Central, 8. Woodland, 9. Mullins, 10. Landrum.
1. Great Falls, 2. Allendale-Fairfax, 3. Johnsonville, 4. Latta, 5. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, 6. Carvers Bay, 7. Hemingway, 8. Indian Land, 9. Christ Church, 10. C.A. Johnson.
1. Dutch Fork, 2. Dorman, 3. Ridge View, 4. Greenwood, 5. West Ashley, 6. Spring Valley, 7. Colleton County, 8. Sumter, 9. Goose Creek, 10. J.L. Mann.
1. Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 2. Dreher, 3. Lower Richland, 4. Crestwood, 5. Clinton, 6. Blue Ridge, 7. Daniel, 8. North Myrtle Beach, 9. Wren, 10. Seneca.
1. Bishop England, 2. Cheraw, 3. Keenan, 4. Fairfield Central, 5. Lake City, 6. Mullins, 7. Dillon, 8. Columbia, 9. Lee Central, 10. Calhoun County.
1. Timmonsville, 2. C.E. Murray, 3. Denmark-Olar, 4. McCormick, 5, Hemingway, 6. McBee, 7. St. Joseph’s, 8. Whale Branch, 9. Ridge Spring-Monetta, 10. Blackville-Hilda.
TOP 5 SENIOR BOYS
Justin McKie, Irmo; Tre Smith, Hillcrest; D.J. Brooks, Hillcrest; Aaron Scott, Richland Northeast; Rontavious McClure, Northwestern.
Jaylen Shaw, Hartsville; LaBrian Shiflet, Greer; Tashombe Riley, Orangeburg-Wilkinson; Matt Howard, A.C. Flora; Caleb Duggan, St. James.
Jalin Alexander, Newberry; Marqui McKelvey, Marion; Khalil Halls, Lake Marion; Eric Hopkins, Keenan; Daniel Bridges, Landrum.
Jeb Helmers, Christ Church; Solomon McCormick, Allendale-Fairfax; DeShaun Aiken, Carvers Bay; Carl Heyward, Bethune Bowman; Cordea Wilson, Johnsonville.
Justin McKie, Irmo; Tre Smith, Hillcrest; Tashomba Riley, Orangeburg-Wilkinson; Jaylen Shaw, Hartsville; Marcus Stroman, Keenan; Matt Howard, A.C. Flora.
TOP 5 SENIOR GIRLS
Alaina Coates, Dutch Fork; Kenya Olley, Dorman; Angel McGowan, J.L. Mann; Ashley Fields, Goose Creek; Kentra Washington, Mauldin.
Kianna Holland, Seneca; Daniqua Lewis, Crestwood, Taylor Allman, North Myrtle Beach; Addie Merritt, Wren; Indiana Farmer, North Myrtle Beach.
Kiera Robinson, Keenan; Alexis Pitts, Cheraw; Chelsea Siebles Fairfield Central; Laytoya Jones, Kingstree; Jasmine McClam, Lake City.
Naomi Moore, C.E. Murray; Shawanda Ferguson, Blackville-Hilda; Jasmine Eaddy, Carvers Bay; Katherine Reynolds, St. Joseph’s; Terita Brown, McCormick.
Kiara Robinson, Keenan; Kiana Holland, Seneca; Dekeya Cohen, West Ashley; Alaina Coates, Dutch Fork; Kaydra Duckett, Dreher.
Barry Byers 329-4099