After news broke on Wednesday evening that Texas Longhorns sophomore guard Sheldon McClellan had requested a release in order to transfer, the school revealed on Thursday afternoon that the team's second-leading scorer has been granted his request.
There was obviously some antipathy between McClellan and Rick Barnes regarding playing time and effort, which seemed to continue to manifest itself in a remarkably short statement from the Houston Bellaire product regarding his departure:
I want to thank everyone who supported me while at The University of Texas. I enjoyed my time at Texas. I just need a change of venue.
Most statements from transfers, whether in football or basketball, read like the players had some help and typically include significantly more kind words for former teammates and coaches. Check out what Jaylen Bond had to say, for instance:
While this was a difficult decision to make, I feel it is the right one for me at this time. I want to thank everyone who played a part in allowing me the privilege to attend The University of Texas. This starts with the coaching staff, my fellow teammates and the educational staff who have helped me during the past two years. They have taught me a lot, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this program.
It wouldn't be right for me to continue playing in the postseason and take minutes away from my teammates who are returning. Once again, I would like to thank everyone who has supported me while I was here.
Stark contrast, no? Especially the fact that McClellan declined to specifically thank his coaches or teammates, at the risk of belaboring the point.
Perhaps the mercurial scorer simply wanted to ensure that his entire statement could fit into a single tweet. From that perspective, it was a tremendous success.
Best of luck to McClellan at his next stop, at which he can hopefully maximize his significant talent.