Sheldon McClellan will start his post-Miami Hurricanes career with the Washington Wizards.
McClellan, who was not selected in Thursday’s NBA draft, was offered a deal with the franchise soon after the draft concluded. TNT’s David Aldridge first reported the news, which was soon confirmed by a UM source close to McClellan.
McClellan’s contract, the terms of which were not immediately available, will be partially guaranteed. He will play in Washington’s summer league slate, which begins July 9, and report to the team July 1.
He was at home in Houston to watch the draft and had yet to put his name to paper as of noon Friday. But he said in a text message to the Post he would do so, choosing Washington over several offers.
“I’m excited about the opportunity and blessed to even be considered,” he said. “I have several options in front of me so I’m in great shape.”
The Wizards’ starting shooting guard is Bradley Beal, with Garrett Temple, Marcus Thornton and Jarell Eddie in reserve.
“They have several roster spots available so I think he has a great shot,” the UM source said. “Better situation for him than getting drafted 50-60.” McClellan agreed with that assessment.
His former Miami teammates, point guard Angel Rodriguez and center Tonye Jekiri, were not drafted, but UM believes they will get a look in the NBA’s summer league.
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. 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, is considered a high-caliber athlete and capable scorer but needs to improve his defense to stick in the league. Here’s a more detailed scouting report.