McClellan visits Texas once more

The Texas Longhorns are making a strong push with Houston Bellaire sophomore guard Sheldon McClellan. The 6-5, 180-pounder was on campus in Austin again last weekend and continues to be impressed by the Longhorns program. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with McClellan about the visit and his thoughts on the Longhorns.

Houston Bellaire guard Sheldon McClellan is being courted by many programs from around the region as well as nationally. At 6-5, 180-pounds with a developing frame, mindset and an impressive skill set, it's easy to see why.

One of the programs that is applying the full court press on the talented sophomore is the Texas Longhorns. On Saturday, McClellan and his mother were back on the Texas campus for a third unofficial visit in 2009.

As was the case with his prior unofficial visits, McClellan and his mother came away impressed with what they saw and heard.

"I did go to Texas Saturday," said McClellan. ""It went well. My mom and I made the trip. She always smiles when she's at Texas. We took a campus visit, sat down with the academic people and the coaches talked about how they would use me. They told me how they would use me off of ball screens. I got to hang out with A.J. (Abrams), Dex (Dexter Pittman) and Gary (Johnson). Of course, Jai (Lucas) too."

With three trips to Texas in the books and mom's approval, it comes without surprise that the Longhorns are out in front.

"I'm still undecided, but Texas is my top choice. I just like the program and what they are about. I have offers from Texas, Penn State, Baylor and New Mexico. I also like Oklahoma, UNC, UCLA, USC, A&M and Oregon State," McClellan said.

McClellan is coming off an impressive sophomore campaign in which he averaged 18.5 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Cardinals, which advanced to the 5A playoffs as they do on a yearly basis. The two-year varsity letterman scored on a season high 27-points in district play against regional finalist Houston Chavez.

Unlike the majority of players, McClellan hasn't played this spring on the AAU circuit as he has focused on academics, workouts with former NBA coach and player John Lucas and finding a good AAU fit. McClellan says he is close to finding that fit.

"I'm going to play this summer. I'll probably start playing after this week. I'm considering going back to the Houston Swoosh," McClellan said.

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