McClellan's problems stem from a freshman level math class he was supposed to take over the summer. After the death of his father this summer, McClellan shuttled between Tucson and Houston and neglected the work in the class. As of now he is not eligible to play, but due to the extenuating circumstances, he will appeal to restore his eligibility.
"I think all of the appeals will go through," McClellan told KOLD TV. "I think I will play in the first game. I am motivated for this semester and my bookwork."
McClellan has been undergoing counseling both in Texas and Arizona to deal with the loss of his father who had a heart attack that while driving. He spent a lot of time in his native Texas and actually considered transferring close to home, but a conversation with Lute Olson convinced him to stay at Arizona.
"He told me that he doesn't care if I play basketball here again, he just wanted me to get better," McClellan said. "When I heard that I knew I had to come back because he cares about me as a person."
Last year as a true freshman McClellan played in all 37 games. He 5.8 ppg and 3.0 rpg in just over 15 minutes a contest. He saw significant playing time late in the year and looked to be battling Chris Rodgers for a starting job this season.