2016 NBA Draft: Miami Hurricanes’ Sheldon McClellan waiting for the call

Few of the multitude of online NBA mock drafts include Sheldon McClellan. DraftExpress has him going in the second round (No. 59 overall) to the Sacramento Kings, but that’s about it.

But McClellan, who is ranked 69th among draft prospects (12th among shooting guards) by ESPN’s Chad Ford, remains hopeful he’ll hear his name called Thursday, when the NBA draft is held in Chicago.

Sheldon McClellan looks on during UM's Sweet 16 loss to Villanova in March, 2016. (Getty Images)

Sheldon McClellan looks on during UM’s Sweet 16 loss to Villanova in March, 2016. (Getty Images)

He has worked out for a dozen NBA teams, including the Chicago Bulls (48th), Detroit Pistons (49th), Indiana Pacers (50th), Boston Celtics (51st, 58th) and Brooklyn Nets (55th), all of whom have picks at the end of the second round.

It is less likely his former Miami teammates, point guard Angel Rodriguez and center Tonye Jekiri, are taken. They, too, have worked out for NBA teams.

Miami’s most recent NBA draft pick was Shane Larkin, who went 18th overall to the Atlanta Hawks in 2014. Nineteen Hurricanes have been drafted, 11 since the rebirth of the program in 1985 and 10 since the NBA adopted a two-round format in 1989.

McClellan (6-6, 198) was a late entrant to the NBA draft combine in May, receiving an invite when Kansas guard Wayne Selden pulled out because of an injury. He improved his stock, putting up 22 points in one scrimmage (3-of-5 from three) and posting a vertical leap of 41.5 inches.

McClellan, who turns 24 on Dec. 21, always had high-level athleticism but greatly improved his shooting in 141 collegiate games. He averaged 16.3 points and shot 40.6 percent from three-point range as a senior, often calmly making contested shots. He was also the 11th-most efficient offensive player in the nation among players with 20 percent or more possessions used, per KenPom.com. That will help his case for NBA employment. However, he will need to improve his defense to find steady work.

Scouting reports on McClellan echo similar positives and negatives. ESPN’s touts him as an “athletic guard [and] explosive leaper” with an “NBA body” who can “score in a variety of ways.” The negatives: average size, “already 23 years old,” not an elite defender, needs to add strength. NBA.com likes his shooting and experience in the pick-and-roll game, among other qualities, but knocked his defensive effort, shot selection and playmaking.

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