Tulsa guards Clarkson, McClellan announce transfers
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
5/08/12 at 5:41 AM
Tulsa lost its starting backcourt in a matter of hours on Monday.
Eric McClellan, who started the final 16 games for Tulsa last season, announced via Twitter that he is transferring to Vanderbilt.
"I'm officially a Vanderbilt Commodore! To God Be The Glory," McClellan tweeted on Monday night. The sophomore-to-be didn't immediately return a message from the Tulsa World.
McClellan's decision came just hours after Jordan Clarkson announced he was transferring to Missouri, another SEC school.
"I'm comfortable with Coach (Frank) Haith and the team," Clarkson told CBSSports.com reporter Jeff Goodman. "Coach Haith's had a lot of success with transfers and it just felt like the right place for me."
Clarkson averaged 16.5 points per game last season and was a Conference USA first-team pick. He visited Missouri over the weekend.
Missouri originally was among five schools that Tulsa didn't grant a release. After Clarkson met with TU athletic director Ross Parmley, Missouri was lifted from that list.
Tulsa did not grant a release to Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Arizona. Clarkson still could have attended those schools, but would have had to pay his own way next year. Since Clarkson was released to Missouri, he can be on a scholarship while sitting out a mandatory season.
McClellan averaged 8.5 points and had 67 assists, which tied him for second with Tim Peete. Clarkson had a team-high 79 assists last season. Clarkson and McClellan did combine for more than half of the team's turnovers last season (176 of 345).
McClellan's best game came in his finale, when he scored a career-high 25 points in a 105-100 triple-overtime loss to Marshall in the Conference USA Tournament.
McClellan was recruited to Tulsa by David Cason, who is now a Vanderbilt assistant. McClellan visited the Nashville campus on Monday.
Both Clarkson and McClellan will have to sit out one season per NCAA transfer rules. Clarkson will have two years of eligibility remaining and McClellan will have three seasons, beginning in 2013-14.
Their departures leave TU with only three scholarship upperclassmen next season - senior Scottie Haralson and juniors Kodi Maduka and Tim Peete.
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TU's Jordan Clarkson has the ball knocked away by Tulane's Ricky Tarrant during a Jan. 18 game. Clarkson has decided to transfer to Missouri. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World file