NASHVILLE --- Ted “Hound” McClain, one of the top players to ever suit up for the Tennessee State men’s basketball team, remains close with the program.
Following his playing days for the Tigers, McClain was the 22nd overall selection in the 1971 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He thrived in the ABA before taking his talents to the NBA to play for the Denver Nuggets, Buffalo Braves, Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns.
The Nashville native still lives in his hometown and drops by to visit with current TSU Head Coach Dana Ford.
“I come by to see Coach Ford. I’ve dropped in and out periodically, McClain said. “I think a lot of him, and I admire what he’s doing for the University. He’s bringing the team back to where we once were. He’s got them playing top notch basketball.”
Under the direction of then-head coach Ed Martin, the Tigers went 21-8 in 1969-70 during McClain’s junior season and followed up with a 24-3 mark during McClain’s senior campaign.
McClain is the second-leading scorer in TSU history, tallying 2,309 points and trailing only Dick Barnett on the list. More than four decades after his final game for the Tigers, McClain still loves his university.
“This is my alma mater,” McClain said. “I’m a TSU diehard. I always have been, and I always will be.”