McClellan leads Milby to tourney title

Jawann McClellan and the Milby Buffaloes pulled off an upset by winning the 2003 Academy National Invitational Tournament in Houston. The local team shocked many observers by crushing powerhouse Fairfax 80-53 to win the national bracket of the event.

The Arizona-bound wing scored 25 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished seven assists in the win. He was 10-18 from the field and put up the big numbers despite being 0-5 from behind the arc. For the tournament he averaged 22.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Chris Jordan and Larry Posey added and 10 respectively.

UCLA recruit Josh Shipp and top 2005 prospect Jamaal Boykin paced Fairfax. Shipp scored 15 points, while big man Boykin had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

For McClellan it is a coming out party of sorts. Most thought the Houston area high school would be overmatched against elite programs like Fairfax, Mater Dei and the Florida Air Academy, but the senior paced his team to three easy wins and the title.

Another future Wildcat, point guard Nic Wise had his best game of the tournament. The sophomore scored 18 points and dished out nine assists in a 73-61 win over Florida Air Academy. Wise struggled a bit in the first two games, but led his team to a 2-1 record in the national bracket, with their only loss coming at the hands of McClellan and Milby. For the event Wise averaged eight points and 6.3 assists.

Another player the Wildcats have their eyes on is Rashad Austin of Mater Dei. He averaged seven points and six rebounds over the three game event.

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