McClellan Learning from One of the Best

Bellaire 2011 guard Sheldon McClellan was the second commitment in the 2011 class for the Texas Longhorns on May 4. The 6-4.5, 175-pounder joins point guard Myck Kabongo making up the top committed backcourt in the class thus far. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with the talented guard and got this update.

The Texas Longhorns are off to a sensational start in the 2011 class with the commitments of St. Benedict's point guard Myck Kabongo and Houston Bellaire guard Sheldon McClellan.

McClellan enjoyed a productive sophomore campaign for the Bellaire Cardinals. The 6-4.5, 175-pound silky smooth guard came into his own in 2008 averaging 18.5 points, five rebounds and three assists per game earning first team all-district honors. Late in the season, the Houston area star took his game to another level with a newfound confidence and willingness to take on late game situations.

With the school year over, the future Longhorn has turned his attention to daily workouts with John Lucas in the Houston area as well as taking summer school classes.

"This summer, I'll be working out every day twice a day with Coach Lucas and then take two summer school classes," McClellan said. "On the circuit, I'm going to play with Houston Select."

The daily workouts with John Lucas consist of high volume shooting reps, work in the screen roll game, work on proper spacing and offensive understanding, guarding the ball and playing with a quick tempo. McClellan says he is improving his game in all areas.

"I'm improving all areas in the workouts like my ball handling, my jump shot, perimeter defense, reading picks and really everything. I like going up against any college players that are bigger and quicker than I am," McClellan said.

Next week, McClellan will make the trip to Austin for the June 18-19 Elite Camp. Having been on campus four times in 2009, the future Longhorn guard is developing a real comfort with the players and other commits.

"I'm real cool with Tristan Thompson, Myck and the guys on the circuit that are going to Texas. It's been easy to fit in with the guys on the team. They have taught me things and tried to help me. I'm looking forward to the camp next week. I just hope to get in some great workouts and games. It's another chance to keep working on my game," McClellan said.

Sheldon McClellan Scouting Report

McClellan is a silky smooth 6-5 guard that possesses an advanced skill level off the bounce and a quickly improving three-point jumper. As a freshman, the long armed guard spent time at the point before moving to the wing for the most part as a sophomore. Right handed with an impressive pace, McClellan does a good job of changing speeds thus creating driving opportunities. He can finish in the paint or make plays for teammates.

As the sophomore gets stronger, his release will move up and he will be a more consistent long-range shooter. Because he has an impressive feel for the game and the ability to put the ball on the floor, he creates space for a mid-range or long-range jumper with ease.


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