Jawann McClellan a 6-foot-5, 202-pound shooting guard from Charles H. Milby High School in Houston, Texas hasn’t yet completed his junior year, but he’s excited about his future at Arizona.
The Wildcats have produced some of the finest guards in American and McClellan hopes he is next.
Arizona has had quite a bit of success at the guard position. Gilbert Arenas, Mike Bibby, Michael Dickerson, Steve Kerr, Damon Stoudamire and Jason Terry all played the guard for Arizona and each player occupies an NBA roster.
“Oh yes, I’m excited about my future at Arizona,” McClellan said. “I chose Arizona because of the success their guards have and because of Coach Olson. Other schools made promises to me, but the Arizona staff was very honest and open about my future.
“I’m glad that I made an early decision and that I am done with all the recruiting,” he added. “Things were getting pretty nuts. A lot of coaches just tell you what you want to hear, but Arizona didn’t do that with me.”
McClellan averaged 28 points, seven rebounds, four assists and 3.1 steals as a junior and despite those numbers; he is still looking to improve this summer.
He will spend the summer traveling with Houston Hoops, so McClellan will be facing some stiff competition on a daily basis.
“I’m really going to focus on improving my defense this summer,” he said. “We’ll be traveling to Bloomington, Indiana for a tournament in May and I will also participate in the USA Festival in Colorado Springs, the NBA Players Association Camp, ABCD Camp, the Pangos Summer Shootout and I will also travel to Paris, France.”
McClellan and Daniel Gibson just happen to be AAU teammates, so the desire to improve will be at an all-time high. There is no way that two of the better players in the class of 2004 will let the other gain an edge.
There was a point when the two had planned to attend the same university, but the situation just was not meant to be.
“Daniel and I were both going to attend the University of Texas, but Arizona was the school I wanted in the end,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made.”