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Offseason works pays dividends for McClanahan

Sterling McClanahan was the MVP at the Exposure Academy Boys Basketball Showcase. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Sterling McClanahan was the MVP at the Exposure Academy Boys Basketball Showcase. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Despite being just one year through his high school career, Rodriguez’s Sterling McClanahan is turning heads everywhere he goes.

McClanahan has attended camp after camp during a busy offseason, and his latest performance displayed all of the work he has put in to reach where he is today by earning MVP honors at the Exposure Academy Boys Basketball Showcase at the Slam Academy in Hayward on Saturday.

“It feels great,” McClanahan said. “I feel like it will help me to go forward and help me just keep getting my name out there, especially if I keep going to camps, keep doing good, it’s going to keep getting my name out there.”

With the MVP showing, it was another way to boost his profile and get his name out there – indicative of just how much he has progressed since his freshman campaign came to a close. 

During his freshman year at the varsity level, McClanahan helped guide Rodriguez to a 14-14 overall record and a 5-5 mark in Monticello Empire League play – good enough for a tie for third place with Vacaville.

Rodriguez ended the 2019-20 schedule on a high note, too, winning three of its final four contests, with the only defeat during that span coming to a Vanden squad that captured the league crown with a 9-1 record and won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title.

“It’s been going great,” McClanahan said. “I feel like I’ve been getting bigger. I’ve been getting stronger. I’ve been working out a lot, like two times a day. I’ve been trying to, so I can see an improvement in my game for sure.” 

McClanahan has not played basketball for long either, and it did not take long for him and others to notice his limitless potential.

Those first games happened in seventh grade, and once eighth grade hit, it was only a matter of time before the wheels were in motion.

“I always had like great athleticism, so once I actually started working on other parts of my game, it just all started coming together,” McClanahan said.

With three years still remaining at Rodriguez, McClanahan is eager to continue what has been a speedy growing process where he has already made a mark at the highest level of high school basketball and proving his worth on the offseason circuit.

For now, he is focused on making a deep postseason run when the 2021 schedule rolls around – hopefully capping it all off with a state title – along with representing those around him in the best possible manner.

“My family,” McClanahan said. “Just really wanting to help them, put on for my family and my hometown.”

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