A Look Ahead: Jawann McClellan

The Wildcat basketball team will look a lot different next year. There could be three new starters and players will need to develop and improve. Here is our first look at what the team could look like next year.

Jawann McClellan
6-4, 214, SO
Houston, TX - Milby HS
G-GS: 37-0
PPG: 5.8
RPG: 3.0
FG%: .468
3PT%: .393

McClellan came into the program with a lot of hype, but was a reserve all season. He showed a lot of talent, but was not quite ready to play key minutes…until the end of the year. McClellan had his coming out party at the Pac-10 Tournament and continued to play great in the NCAA's. He was on the floor at the end of the Illinois game and was one of the most poised players in the locker room after the loss.

McClellan has athleticism and talent. He looks like he will be a great scorer and has shown the ability to get on the glass. He's also been king of the hustle plays, diving all over the court after loose balls. He has great length and is improving as a defender, especially since he was not asked to play any defense in high school.

He should be a good leader. He's a hard worker, who's also a good guy. His teammates seem to like him and that goes a long way on and off the court.

McClellan was an amazing shooter in high school, but had difficulties early at Arizona. He had a low release point that hurt him when trying to get his shot off. He's improved his stroke, but it still needs a little fine tuning.

He also needs to add more strength. McClellan was strong for a freshman, but not compared to many upper classmen. He has a good frame and a full off-season in the strength program could work wonders.

Other than that McClellan just needs to gain more consistency and continue to improve the vast skills he already has.

2005-06 ROLE:
If Hassan Adams leaves for the NBA, McClellan moves easily into the starting small forward spot. If Adams pulls a shocker and comes back, then the sophomore will battle Chris Rodgers to start at the two. At the very least he is a guy who will play 25 minutes.

McClellan looks like a star waiting to happen. He also has the potential to be the type of leader that this team needs. All in all, it looks as if McClellan will be a key component for this team.

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