McClellan shoots the lights out in July

Sheldon McClellan entered the July period as a top 30 ranked prospect in the 2011 class. Judging by the results and what people are saying, McClellan might well be the fastest rising star in the class of 2011. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with the talented junior hoopster for an update on his summer.

Future Texas Longhorn Sheldon McClellan enjoyed a productive month of July on the AAU circuit. The 6-5, 180 pound guard played with the Houston Select in July taking part in four tournaments with the last two in Las Vegas and Los Angeles being a streak of hot shooting.

Already known as silky smooth player off the bounce at Bellaire, McClellan was given space in July and took full advantage knocking down many open jumpers.

"We (Houston Select) played in Denton at the Great American Shootout, at a tournament in North Carolina then Vegas (Adidas 64) and Los Angeles (Best of Summer) to end July," said McClellan. "I think I played well. I just played okay in Denton, but played well in Vegas and Los Angeles. I shot the ball well. Guys backed off of me and I made shots. I made a lot of things happen on the floor."

The #27 prospect in the 2011 class also made note of where he can improve even though he was enjoying a string of success against top ranked prospects.

"I went up against a lot of top ranked players, I guess. I know I've got to keep getting stronger and work to get more shots on my own. Those two areas I know I can get better," the future Longhorn said.

One spectator that was impressed by McClellan's play was's hoops National Recruiting Director Dave Telep.

"Everything is really effortless for him right now. He's an excellent shooter. Everything is lining up for him right now. He's an above average athlete, can shoot it from deep, has the mid-range and can put the ball on the floor. Everything is pure. I really think the guy has enormous potential," Telep said.

With the AAU circuit now in the books, McClellan doesn't plan to sit back and wait for school to begin August 24. The junior is continuing his work with former NBA coach and player John Lucas on a daily basis.

"I'm working out with Coach Lucas every day until school starts. I'm just trying to get better every day," 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.

McClellan averaged 18.5 points, five rebounds and three assists in 2008 earning all-district honors.

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