1999-2000 Junior: Played in 29 of 32 games, starting 19 times o Averaged 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game o Did not play in the BB&T Classic games against Maryland and Seton Hall because of sore knees o After starting the first two games of the year, he came off of the bench until regaining his starting spot on Jan. 16 vs. Michigan o Scored in double figures seven times during the season oHad the best game of his career at Michigan (1/16), scoring 15 points and pulling down a career high 18 rebounds, as well as dishing out five assists o Scored 11 vs. Texas-Pan American (12/8), had four assists, three rebounds, and five steals in 20 minutes o Had 14 points vs. Iowa (1/26), going 5-of-6 from the floor, along with three rebounds and two steals o Scored 11 against Minnesota (2/17) on 5-of-7 shooting, and posted four assists and three rebounds o Had 11 points and six rebounds in win over Indiana (2/22) o Second on the team in assists with 2.5 per game and steals with 1.8 per game o Had season-high seven assists against Western Illinois (11/19) o Missed final game of regular season against Northwestern with sprained left knee o Returned to action in the Big Ten Tournament, with eight points and game high six assists in opening win over Indiana o Scored 11 points with four assists and season high six steals in semifinal victory over Penn State (3/11).
1998-99 Sophomore: Scored in double figures 13 times...Shot 60 percent from the floor (12-for-20) in the first two games of the season before an 0-for-11 effort against George Washington (11/17)...Rebounded from the GW showing to score a career-high 24 points against Saint Louis (11/20) where he was 8-for-12 from the floor and 8-for-9 from the line...Led an unsuccessful Illini comeback against Missouri, going 4-of-5 from three-point range for the game including three treys in the final 6:30 of the game ...Missed the Michigan State (1/16) game with a sprained ankle that he suffered in the Purdue game (1/13)...Came off the bench against Wisconsin (1/20), Penn State (1/23) and Michigan (1/28)...Averaged 5.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg as a reserve...Returned to the starting lineup against Ohio State (1/30) and had nine points and seven rebounds...In four of the last seven regular-season games he scored in double figures (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Iowa)...Averaged 7.0 ppg and 3.0 rpg in four Big Ten Tournament games...Had an outstanding showing in Australia, averaging 11.9 ppg and 3.5 rpg...Led the team with 3.0 assists per game and shot 60 percent from the floor (30-of-50) and 77 percent from the line (23-of-30) ...McClain had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in July.
1997-98 Freshman: Illinois' leading returning scorer, he averaged 3.5 points and 3.1 rebounds...Played in all 33 games and was in the starting lineup against Maine (Dec. 8) ...Third on the team in steals with 40...Fourth on the team in assists with 54...Dished out a season-high 5 assists in a 74-69 loss at UCLA (Dec. 30)...Blocked 2 shots and grabbed 4 steals in a 74-72 win against Indiana (Jan. 3)...Vs. Iowa (Jan. 8) he scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, blocked a shot and dished out 3 assists in a 76-64 victory...Also scored in double figures with 10 points in a losing effort against Purdue (Jan. 13)...In the Big Ten Tournament he had 3 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals in the win against Wisconsin; he had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in the loss to Purdue...In the NCAA Tournament, Sergio recorded 2 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in Illinois' 64-51 first-round win over South Alabama...He played 12 minutes and scored 3 points and had 3 rebounds in a 67-61 second-round loss to Maryland...Was the only Illinois non-senior to score in the NCAA Tournament games in 1998.
Played for his father Wayne McClain on one of the most heralded high school teams in the nation in 1997...Led Peoria Manual to four-consecutive state titles, a mark that stands alone in the high school state record book...A three time all-state selection... Four-time all-conference selection ... Conference Player of the Year in 1997...Illinois Mr. Basketball in 1997...Averaged 18.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 1996-97...Led Manual in scoring in 15 games as a senior...Averaged 17.3 points in the high school state tournament with a high of 22 points against Aurora West in the championship game...Four-year letterwinner in basketball and track...Played in the Magic Johnson All-Star game and was the MVP of the IBCA All-Star game.
Born Nov. 2, 1978...Son of Wayne and Robin McClain...Honor roll student... Member of the National Honor Society in 1997...Graduated in the top 10 percent of his class...His father Wayne played college basketball at Bradley...Majoring in liberal arts and sciences.
McCLAINS CAREER STATISTICS
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