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This may sound completely crazy, but I'm starting to wonder if McClellan should just part ways with Texas after this season.
His effort and interest level are obviously very questionable, and it looks to me like the kid just isn't enjoying himself. Yes, losing totally sucks balls, but where's McClellan's pride? Does he even have any? Has Barnes totally broken this kid down, or is McClellan just a totally passive aggressive player.
Today it looked to me that Texas was just better off sitting him on the bench.
Would Barnes rather have a guy like Frazier starting who won't pass up shots, looks to constantly score, but needs refinement on defense??? Or have McClellan out there wondering if he's going to show up and play hard???
Don't know if they are better with him on the bench bc he can actually score the basketball at times which has proved hard to come by this season.
Of course we would like someone like Frazier but he may never be here so do the best with what you have and pray that Randle and Frazier will come.
I came to take conclusion a couple of weeks ago. His body language is just terrible...............he is too good of an athlete not to be an outstanding defender and rebounder. I'm of the opinion if his attitude doesn't improve he should transfer. If Myck is in the game does he get on McClellan's ass and does he improve?
The players on the court at the end of the game today is what Texas basketball is built on. Bond, Papi, Juice, Lammert and Holland hustled their butts off the last 4 mins of the game. Add Myck and Holmes to that group we would had a solid core of players.
"Leadership is wisdom, courage and great carelessness of self"
McClellan comes in and the whole defense focuses on him but he forces contested shots because the coaches yell at him to and if he doesn't score on the offensive end the coaches don't think he should be out there then.
He is simply not the #1 scorer the coaches are trying to make him. Ideally he's a #3 option. He needs more space but on this team he doesn't get any.
Combine that with the fact that the sets that they run are completely not good for him. He's forced to run off of meaningless screens where everyone knows where the ball is going and he's denied the ball by Felix. Then, when he does get it, he has to force up bad shots because of the position he's in.
If that was your situation, would you be happy about it? You know you're not in a position to best utilize your abilities but have to force the action because otherwise you get put on the bench.
That is no excuse for not hustling and lack of effort on the defensive end of the court. Plus the terrible rebounding numbers. He is a better athlete than Brandon Mouton and should have at least duplicate stats (of Mouton)
He may be a better athlete, but he has zero basketball skills that are superior to Brandon Mouton. That is a fairly absurd comparison.
This post was edited by El General 17 months ago
Thanks...............I will run my posts by you the next time so you can approve them. Actually as usual you are showing your ignorance. Brandon Mouton was smarter and played with better teams. But they play the same position on the court (if you watched the games you would know)..............that is the comparison................
He's find defensively for the most part. He's one of the only guys on the team that doesn't foul when defending. Plus, he doesn't gamble like others do as well. He'll never be a great defender because he lacks the instincts, but he certainly is adequate enough.
I don't get how you can blame him for rebounding. He soars for a lot of them but he doesn't play enough to have big rebounding numbers. Also, he seems to just drop a ton of them, so it's not like he's not hustling to the glass...
As far as effort, I just think he's a passive player that shouldn't be forced to be the focal point of an offense and he gets frustrated easily. Sure he needs to improve it, but I think it's an overused excuse by Barnes...
Actually its (rebounding) is one of the things Coach Barnes says about Sheldon all the time. He says he should average (because of his vertical jump) 6-8 per game. He should be a guy who chases down the 50/50 balls because he is a good athlete..........
Is Barnes too hard on the guy? Maybe............but if he improves at some point he will be like Daniel Gibson and say he owes his career to Rick Barnes.
McClellan is having to take on a bigger role and shoulder more of the offensive burden than Brandon Mouton had to do at similar points in their careers. McClellan is also more of the focal point of the opposing team's defense; where as Mouton had better offensive players on his team so defenses couldn't exactly game plan around stopping just him.
With Sheldon, I just see a player that is folding under the pressure of having to shoulder more offensive burden this year. I think he's trying to produce and do what's right, but at this point he just looks like a whipped dog, and he doesn't know how to respond to the adversity. I see a guy that's kinda giving up, instead of getting pissed off mad and fighting. If the kid isn't willing to fight back and respond, then that means his ass needs to sit or transfer out of the program. Either that, or Barnes finds another guy to start and make McClellan a 2nd or 3rd option on future teams.
Well when Myck and Holmes returns there will be more scorers so it will be interesting if he is a different player as the 3rd or 4th option..............
The basic gameplan with Kabongo at the beginning of the season was probably....
1) Kabongo take it to the hole then...
2) Make layup, dish to post, or kick to corner (to McClellan)
Felix just isn't able to do that.
It's not working, whatever the deal is.
It's remarkable, when he goes up straight with good form, he shoots a lot better. Everything seems off-balance, bad angle, you name it.
“Kansas may wind up number one in these polls, but that would be so unfair to Texas...” -- Len Elmore, 2/13/11
Just like the year we were ranked #1 after beating UNC, this team has given up on coach Barnes' system and him. It's time for a change
That's typical of any shooter. Keep everything in line, and the ball goes in a lot more frequently. Unfortunately for Texas fans, McClellan has some of the worst habits I've ever seen in a shooter. He should not be a career .411 shooter like he is at present (227/552), and he should be doing a lot better than hitting exactly 30% of his threes (60/200).
McClellan has been averaging 30 minutes a game. He has plenty of opportunity to make things happen with something other than shooting. He gets to the line a lot, but other than that, there just isn't much of anything he does do. He occasionally gets in with a great leap and snares a rebound, but 1 rebound every 7 minutes isn't great. He isn't exactly bad at rebounding, but he isn't a plus, either. He has 1 blocked shot all season. He has only 20 steals.
Papi shoots better, rebounds better at both ends, blocks some shots, gets about as many steals, makes nearly 3 times the number of assists per minute, and has a much better a/t ratio. When Holmes comes back, why should McClellan get the bulk of pt at the 3? If McClellan wants that time, he better start performing.
Felix has done a lot of getting into the lane and driving to the hoop this year. A lot. He has a hard time shooting over a defending post and so he converts his own shot more often when he pulls up at 10 feet or so, but he hasn't had much in the way of a post to dish to who can catch a pass. As for Texas ever getting the ball inside and kicking out to an open man at the three point line, well, maybe we'll see that with the next coach.
I have multiple thoughts onMcClellan. I'll start with this. Texas is much better with him than it will be without him. NYH is correct. Barnes simply is asking him to be something that he isn't. Rick is ragging on him for not being a #1 scorer and rebounder, when he doesn't have the athletic skill set to be either. He should be playing the two guard. He's a skinny kid who doesn't have the elite quickness to create his own offense; and doesn't have the strength to rebound or finish contested shots. I think he also does have a passive personality.
My question is whether he still wants to be in Austin and be Rick's whipping boy. That's becoming an on-going story with Rick. He's another kid with talent who simply isn't developing under Rick's coaching style. A good coach pushes a kid in private, but doesn't destroy his confidence. I hope that the kid comes back next year; with a decent point guard to create opportunities for him and a front court who can create space for him to get open looks. He clearly is the best two guard we have. He simply isn't a forward who is going to give you big rebounding minutes; and he isn't a #1 offensive option.
This post was edited by gordosan 17 months ago
Reading these posts leads me to wonder how Sheldon himself feels about all of this. He sure seems like he has a world of talent and I can see the argument that maybe he does not have the instinct to be the killer option. Maybe he is better as a third option. I sure would like to see him have that opportunity on this team if Mr. Randle and/or Mr. Frazier decide to come to town. I sure do like our potential with him rather than without him if he decided to transfer. If he stays, there is no reason to believe that he stays in Coach Barnes' dog house. Maybe he grows from his experience like a lot of other of Coach's players have seemed to do. Not disagreeing with anyone here in this thread ... just ruminating. ;)
This post was edited by BudreauReye 17 months ago
By the way, don't mean to jinx this thread, but I really appreciate the thoughtful commentary here. Not that it matters, but +1 for everybody after midnight when I get some more votes to up with. ;)
He's a terrible player. Completely focused on himself
Dayum! I guess I did jinx this thread! ;)
Bierce is right about his shooting form. I've often thought that the best thing for him in practice would be to go to the opposite end of the court and do nothing but shoot. Every time he fades away, an assistant coach can hit him with a stick until he learns to go straight up for his shot.
I think we can pretty much all agree that it's "in between the ears" with McClellan.
The mental controls the physical.
Mouton was a much better player in every way than McClellan.
I don't think he is a terrible player at all but my concern is he might be "completely focused on himself"
NY and Horn1 make a good point when they say the coaches are asking him to be the #1 scoring option (therefore the focus of the defense)..............so if he is focused on himself when Myck and Holmes return does he pout because he is not the #1 or #2 option?
This post was edited by austinr 17 months ago
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