McClellan Update: Mother knows best

Jawaan McClellan finished his junior season with a loss in the state tournament to Elsik high school. However, the 62-48 defeat on February 20th marked a new beginning for the Arizona recruit, who is currently in Tucson making his first visit to his future campus. Before McClellan headed to town, I spoke with his mother about her son, the future Wildcat, his remarkable season.

Mary McClellan takes a lot of pride in her son's accomplishments on the basketball court as well as off of the court, and in particular his work ethic.

"The last game of the season was the start of a new season for Jawaan," Mrs. McClellan said. "Ever since that game he has not stopped working on his basketball."

McClellan finished the season averaging 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. He was named the Most Valuable Player of his district this year as a junior. As great as his basketball game is, McClellan excels in most of his endeavors because of his great attitude.

"Jawann is a great basketball player, but he's a great person," Mary McClellan said. "His father and I have always tried to keep his head on straight. Jawann understands that basketball is only one part of his life."

Basketball is a major part of McClellan's life, and when he graduates next year and becomes a Wildcat, basketball will take even more of his time. Because of his performances on the court, McClellan is receiving the a lot of exposure, but his parents have worked hard to help McClellan understand the demands he'll face next year when he enters the "Glass House" of Arizona Basketball.

"We've always taught Jawaan to understand that he is in the spotlight," his mother said. "Whatever he is doing, someone is always watching. (As a high profile player) He can't get away with anything, so he always has to be aware of what he's doing."

Jawann McClellan has always been a spectacular athlete. His mother said that he was as good at football and baseball, as he was at basketball. McClellan decided, upon entering high school, to shift his attention and concentrate solely on basketball, and that was when he decided that he wanted to be a Wildcat.

"There were other schools that Jawann liked, but Arizona seemed like the best fit…I've heard that Tucson is great, and I know that the weather is definitely good," Mary McClellan said.

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