McClellan Leaning to Texas

The Texas Longhorns already have one commitment in the 2011 class in St. Benedict Prep point guard Myck Kabongo and have targeted Bellaire guard Sheldon McClellan as well. The 6-5, 180 pound sophomore has been offered by Texas and took an unofficial visit recently to check out the Longhorns for a second time this season.

The Texas Longhorns have made the backcourt a focus of the 2009, 2010 and now 2011 classes. On January 12, the Longhorns got the 2011 class off to a great start receiving a commitment from 6-2 point guard Myck Kabongo. Now, the Longhorns are looking to build on the sophomore class and have targeted in state guards Julien Lewis (6-3, 190) of LaMarque and Sheldon McClellan of Bellaire.

McClellan, 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 and as a sophomore in 2008, became the focal point of a talented team averaging 18.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and three assists per game.

The Longhorns recently hosted the long armed guard for a second time this season. McClellan first tripped to Texas for the Longhorn's basketball game against Texas A&M January 24. At the time, he gave Texas rave reviews and spoke about the influence Texas point guard Jai Lucas has on him.

On February 21, McClellan accompanied by his mom and grandmother returned to Austin to watch the Longhorns 73-68 upset win over then #2 Oklahoma. For a second time this year, Texas made a strong impression on the talented sophomore guard that will lace up his sneakers and play for the Houston Hoops this spring and summer.

"It was good," McClellan said. "I'm getting into it with Texas. They are one of my top choices right now. I would say Texas is where I'm leaning now."

One of the more impressive aspects of the February visit was meeting a pair of future Longhorns.

"The game was good. The fans got me into it. I talked to Avery Bradley and Tristan Thompson for a while. Those are good guys," McClellan said.

McClellan, who has been offer by Texas, Penn State, Baylor and New Mexico, maintains he will not make a decision in the near future and is focused on taking care of his schoolwork.

"I'm not going to commit until my senior year. I'm focused on my grades right now," McClellan said.

The Bellaire Cardinals entered the season as one of the top handful of teams projected to challenge for the 5A Region III title, but the season didn't play out that way to the disappointment of the 6-5 guard.

"This season we lost some game we should have won. It was kind of a bad season because we lost in the first round of the playoffs to Eisenhower (65-63). I think I played good overall, but we didn't accomplish what we wanted," McClellan said.

McClellan will play his first spring AAU even with the Houston Hoops on March 20-22 in the Houston area.

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