The Texas Longhorns have made getting bigger in the backcourt a focus of the 2009, 2010 and now 2011 classes. On January 12, the Longhorns received their first commitment of the 2011 class in 6-2 point guard Myck Kabongo. Now it appears Texas has targeted Bellaire sophomore guard Sheldon McClendon.
McClendon, 6-5 and 180 pounds, is one of the top 2011 prospects not in the state of Texas, but also nationally. The skilled wing was member of the 5A Bellaire Cardinals team as a freshman playing a key role.
This year, McClendon has become the leading scorer for the 20-6 playoff bound team. Averaging 18.5 points, five rebounds and three assists per game, college programs from around the nation have taken notice. One in particular, the Texas Longhorns, received an unofficial visit eight days ago.
"I went to Texas last weekend when they played Texas A&M," McClendon said. "I like Texas a lot. They are one of my top schools. Jai (Lucas) has a lot of influence on me because he plays there. I went to the game and after the game, I talked to the coaches and went into the locker room and talked to the boys. Jai is trying to get me to go Texas now," said McClendon.
The trip to check out Texas was the first for McClendon, who was offered by Texas as a freshman. The long armed, silky smooth guard says two more programs have offered since Texas and is considering a number of schools.
McClendon, who scored a season-high 27 points in a 65-55 win over Houston Chavez Saturday, says his time spent working out with John Lucas Jr. during the summer has benefitted him.
"I work with him (John Lucas) sometimes on Sunday during the season. I work out all of the time in the summer. His practices are very hard and you have to go through each drill as hard as you can. It's tough workouts, but they help me," McClendon said.
While McClendon has three offers, he is yet to think about making a commitment and doesn't have a timetable for making a decision.
"Right now I'm focused on school, so I don't have time to take a long look at every school. I plan to wait and look at different schools," McClendon said.
McClendon has three games of 20 points or more in district play.